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The tall cranes dotting San Jose’s ever-shifting skyline tell a story of the prosperity and development that have come to the nation’s 10th largest city in the aftermath of the recession a decade ago. But back down on earth, the streets paint a bumpier picture.

“The city has prepared pavement projects for our neighborhood and local streets that we had hoped to deliver this year,” Jim Ortbal, director of San Jose’s Department of Transportation, said in a statement to the Mercury News. “Unfortunately, with VTA’s 2016 Measure B still on hold pending resolution of a legal challenge, those projects are not likely to happen this year. We remain prepared to implement that paving work as soon as Measure B funding becomes available.”

More than 70 percent of Santa Clara County voters backed the 30-year, half-cent sales tax expected to generate more than $6 billion over three decades for pavement repairs and other transportation projects. But a Saratoga woman filed a lawsuit claiming Measure B’s wording was vague and, while her initial case was dismissed, she has filed an appeal.

Cities measure how drivable a street is using something called the Pavement Condition Index, or PCI for short. A score above 70? Pretty good. Below 50? Poor. Of the 2,400 miles of pavement that make up the city’s sprawling framework of major arteries and quieter neighborhood roads, 388 miles currently have a PCI of 49 or less. And more than 50 of those miles score below 25, meaning they’re in bad shape.

At the request of the Mercury News, the Transportation Department put together a map of where the city’s worst roads are located. Predictably, few — just 2.75 miles — are in downtown District 3, with the most heavily traveled thoroughfares. Farther afield, however, District 1 on the western edges of the city has more than nine miles of roads with PCI scores below 25. District 5 on the eastern edge of town, District 6, which is home to Willow Glen, and District 10 on the city’s southern border, each have more than seven miles. In fact, that district has one of the worst roads, with a stretch of Chambertin Drive scoring a miserable PCI of zero.

“Our transportation system suffers from both aging pains and growing pains,” said Carl Guardino, head of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, alluding to the fact that as traffic increases in the city, maintaining San Jose’s roads becomes even more challenging.

The business advocacy group successfully pushed the passage last year of Senate Bill 1, a statewide hike on gas taxes and vehicle licensing fees intended to inject $50 billion into fixing California’s roads and bridges over the next decade, including more than $7 million in San Jose this year, and likely some $17.5 million on an ongoing basis after that.

San Jose would need about $92.8 million a year for 10 years to bring all of the city’s roads to good condition. All told, the city is currently working with about $50.1 million, sealing streets to prevent further damage and resurfacing where it can. When potholes emerge, the city tries to fill them immediately. Last fiscal year alone, the city repaired more than 11,000 of the pesky tire-destroyers.