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Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

MEASURE M SPURS THE PAVING OF STREETS THROUGHOUT BERKELEY

Berkeley, California (Thursday, August 28, 2014) - Fueled by a voter-approved bond, the City of Berkeley paved nearly double the amount of streets this summer than in the recent past. Next year's paving will more than double this year's totals and will continue the improvement of streets for bicyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

The increased paving, as well as a number of green infrastructure projects around the City, were made possible due to the first year of funding from Measure M, a $30 million Streets and Watersheds Bond passed by Berkeley voters in 2012. 

Measure M funding helped pay roughly 40 percent of the 7.5 miles of the new roadways, which covered significant portions of 25 streets. In 2015, Measure M funds will pay for 60 percent of the costs to pave 17 miles over 50 streets. State gas tax funds and the City's General Fund make up the bulk of the difference.

In addition to paving, Measure M also called for green infrastructure projects. This year's projects included:

  • Permeable pavers - interlocking concrete pavers that improve storm water quality have been installed on a small-scale near the intersections of Hopkins and Milvia streets and Eunice and Milvia streets.
  • Bio-retention areas where storm water gets channeled from the gutter into special soil that filters pollutants. The two bio-retention areas are at Allston Way and California Street as well as Spruce and Vine streets.
  • An underground cistern at Milvia at Eunice streets that takes storm water off the streets, reduces the chance of flooding and helps reduce the corrosive effect of heavy rains on local creeks.

In addition, a permeable paver demonstration project funded through state gas tax revenues began construction on Allston Way, adjacent to Civic Center. 

The 2015 paving and green infrastructure schedule has already been set. But the process is underway to determine the 2016 schedule.

Attend the September 4, 2014 Public Works Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center if you are interested in the City of Berkeley paving program or in providing your input on the paving of your street.

At the meeting, the Commission will be reviewing City staff's proposed 2016 paving plan. The Commission will be providing a recommendation to the City Council regarding the 2016 plan prior it being presented to the City Council for approval in November 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the City's Measure M program manager Sean Rose at 510-981-6435 or srose@cityofberkeley.info.

The Measure M planning and outreach process was led by the Public Works Commission in collaboration with the Transportation, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, and Community Environmental Advisory Commissions, with support from the City Council. Measure M-funded projects and the annual paving plan are being delivered by the City of Berkeley Public Works Department. Streets are selected for paving in accordance with the City's Street Rehabilitation Policy and the Measure M scorecard developed at the Measure M workshops in 2013.

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