Street Paving 101

Street Paving 101

How are streets prioritized for paving?

The Public Works Department surveys every public street to measure the condition of the pavement and gives each street a rating according to the Pavement Condition Index (PCI). These results are then put into an application called StreetSaver which analyzes a variety of factors such as PCI and budget restraints to identify the most cost-effective way to improve the city’s pavement conditions. The StreetSaver results are then prioritized according to the City of Berkeley Street Rehabilitation and Repair Policy and public input. Read more about the paving process here.

 

How do I know if my street is going to be repaved?

You can find a list of planned street repairs here. A map overview is provided below.

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Berkeley’s street rehabilitation and repair policy

The City has a 5-year plan to construct environmentally sustainable, safe, and economically efficient street infrastructure. Funds for street repair will come from Gas Tax, Measure B Sales Tax, and other federal, state, and local funds appropriated for this project. Priority will be given to streets with utility, sewer, and water contamination issues, then long-term cost effectiveness, heavy street use, and high visibility areas will be factored in.

Each year, the project will be reviewed and updated by City Council, with the help of the Public Works Commission, to ensure that the plan remains consistent with the policy guidelines. Furthermore, there is a City policy that will require an annual Utility Trench and Pothole Repair Program for the most heavily used streets. Utility companies will repair their respective utility trenches, and Gas Tax subventions, general city funds, and sanitary sewer funds shall be used for these repairs.

 

How can residents request that their street be paved?

In order to request that your street be paved, or to report a pothole, call 3-1-1, the city service center. You can also complete the online form here.