Bumpy ride: Which Dayton streets are in the worst condition?

Pond Street, near the 2nd Street Market in the Webster Station neighborhood, has one of the lowest Pavement Condition Index Scores in Dayton. The street, which runs for a block next to a heat treating company, has grass growing out of spots and is coverd in cracks. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

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Pond Street, near the 2nd Street Market in the Webster Station neighborhood, has one of the lowest Pavement Condition Index Scores in Dayton. The street, which runs for a block next to a heat treating company, has grass growing out of spots and is coverd in cracks. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Dayton leaders using new income tax revenue for increased road repairs.

Many Dayton residents are unhappy with the condition of roads in the city, survey results show, and opinions vary widely about what streets are the most frustrating to drive on.

But the city actually tracks and rates the condition of local roads using a measure called the Pavement Condition Index (PCI).

The roads with the lowest scores are in the worst condition, which means they tend to contain cracks, potholes and ruts that make for rough rides. The PCI scale runs from 0 to 100 (worst to best).

About 43 Dayton streets have scores in the single digits, and many others are barely in better shape.

The city, however, insists all of its residential streets should be in good shape within eight years because it is using new revenue from its income tax hike for repaving and resurfacing.

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The city is home to more than 1,800 roads, thoroughfares alleys and cul-de-sacs, according to city data obtained by this newspaper, and the median PCI score is about 48.95.

Dayton’s streets with the lowest PCI scores tend to be short and span just a couple of blocks — if that.

Some are alleyways or connector streets. Others are cul-de-sacs that lead to small groupings of homes or commercial properties.

For instance, Profit Way in the Northridge Estates neighborhood off Needmore Road is tied with an alleyway for having the lowest PCI in the city with score of 2. The cul-de-sac leads to a daycare and other businesses.

Large cracks spread across the road like a spiderweb, and there’s chunks of pavement missing.

Other streets with low scores include Pond Street in the Webster Station neighborhood, near 2nd Street Market, and Autumn Place, a residential street that also is in the Northridge Estates neighborhood.

Name of street Section of Dayton Pavement Condition Index Score (0
to 100)
Profit Way Northridge Estates 2
Laconia Avenue Highview Hills 3
Autumn Place Northridge Estates 3.79
Ida Avenue Hillcrest 4
Pond Street Webster Station 4
Brooks Street Linden Heights 4.89
Northcut Place Northridge Estates 5
Allwen Drive Mount Vernon 5
Avis Court Wesleyan Hill 5
Rawson Place Belmont 5
Patton Avenue Crown Point 5.89
Madison Woods Drive Residence Park 6
Erbe Avenue Highview Hills 6.61
Arlington Avenue Arlington Heights 6.79
Arden Avenue Belmont 7

MORE SCORES OF DAYTON’S MOST WELL-KNOWN STREETS ARE BELOW.

The state of Dayton’s streets is a sore subject for many residents.

About 57 percent of residents are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the condition of streets and pavement in the city, according to the results of a recent citywide survey.

About 21 percent were satisfied or very satisfied with road conditions. The same share of respondents were neutral on the topic.

The city, however, is using some of the new revenue from the income tax hike approved by voters last year to repave and resurface residential streets.

The city estimates that 50 to 60 percent of residential streets will be paved over the course of eight years, by the time the tax increase expires. Just this year, the city plans to nearly triple the amount of street paving, compared to 2016.

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City officials say all of the city’s residential streets will be in good condition within eight years.

Name of street Section of Dayton Pavement Index Condition (0 to
100)
Main Street Downtown 100
Oakwood Avenue University Park 100
Veterans Parkway Midtown 100
Warren Street South Park 99.32
Great Miami Boulevard Grafton Hill? Riverdale 98.98
Salem Avenue FROC/ Northwest 56.6
Wayne Avenue Southeast 49.99
South Edwin C. Moses Boulevard West Side 43.11

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