San Diego road repairs crack without oversight

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 21:10:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)--City street repairs for cracks and potholes don't last long, according to a report discussed at the San Diego City Council's Audit Committee Wednesday. 

Recent findings show the City of San Diego has failed in its responsibility to repair and maintain roadways. 

A performance audit released last week by city auditor Eduardo Luna concluded that management of street re-paving needed to be improved through better planning and implementation. Specifically, it said:

  • Contractors are not currently required to have a well-defined quality control plan to document all work meets the city's specifications
  • Contractors did not record quality control activities

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"San Diegans need a reliable and well-maintained local street and road system," the audit says. "Years of underinvestment in the City of San Diego's streets led to over half of the city's 3,000 miles of streets to be in either fair or poor condition by Fiscal Year 2012."

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In May 2016, District 6 City Councilmember Chris Cate requested a review of street repair quality control procedures. 

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"I brought this proposal forward after hearing from residents in Park Village and Sorrento Valley that they were less than satisfied with the quality of work that was performed by the City," Cate said. "If we are reinvesting millions of dollars into road and street repair, the work performed needs to be top-notch and something we can all be proud of."

The report findings highlighted three streets in Logan Heights and Mountain View neighborhoods where repaving jobs were performed as recently as 2013 but the streets already have cracks. 

Those streets were: 

  • T Street
  • Valle Avenue
  • Jewell Drive 

Stay with 10News for more on this story from reporter Laura Acevedo tonight at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.