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BERKELEY STREET PAVING UNDERWAY
Roads being designed for all users

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, June 04, 2019) - This summer we're paving 40 Berkeley streets that account for 6.6 miles throughout the City.

This summer's paving is on top of another 20 miles we paved since 2016, part of a surge in street paving that's been made possible by Berkeley and Alameda County voters.

These projects, which you can see laid out on a map, will improve the quality of our roads. They'll make it easier and safer for people to move throughout our city by foot, bike, car or bus.

  • Adeline Street between Shattuck and Ashby avenues will get bus boarding islands to reduce conflicts between buses and bikes while also increasing the reliability of bus routes. This key stretch will also get protected bike lanes in both directions.
  • We're adding high visibility crosswalks to many streets and taking other measures, such as enhancing a Sixth Street bike lane so that it's more visible to drivers.
  • Milvia Street between Blake and Russell streets will get paved, helping bicyclists along this important part of the city's bike boulevard network.
  • Hearst between Shattuck and Milvia will get protected bike lanes, further extending a protected bike lane network moving people to and from campus.

All of this work is in addition to a dramatic reconfiguration of Shattuck Avenue that's underway and will increase pedestrian safety, improve AC Transit connections to BART and eliminate a curvy bottleneck for northbound traffic.

Having streets that better reflect the needs of all who use them improves mobility through the City. It's important as we improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. It's also critical for equity: under-represented groups or those with lower incomes are more likely to rely on walking, biking, and transit.

"Our roads are one of the ways we quite literally connect as a community - taking us across town, to neighborhoods and to the places we enjoy," said Dee Williams-Ridley. "It's important that they be designed to serve all."

Construction began in April. Residents and businesses on affected streets, which are listed below, will receive mailers which will have information for relevant contractors and city staff. The last of the projects is expected to be completed in six months.

 

Streets are selected for paving projects based on criteria such as pavement condition, type of repair required, cost effectiveness, budget constraints and road classification as an arterial, collector, or residential street. In recent years, we've focused on "arterial streets" - the ones that most people and buses use. As a result, paving those streets has the biggest impact. This summer, we're increasing the proportion of neighborhood streets paved to make sure those are also addressed. The Public Works Commission also provided input.

In Berkeley, paving doesn't just mean asphalt. Our paving plan includes the repair or replacement of nearby elements that need attention -- curb ramps, curbs, sidewalks, drainage inlets and pipes, gutters, street signage, and striping.  This increases the cost for particular streets, but saves money over time by coordinating all of a road's construction needs at one time. Integrating this work also improves pedestrian access and better serves those with disabilities.

"Our goal is to maximize every dollar we have so that it has the biggest impact," said Phil Harrington, Berkeley's Public Works director.

A big part of the funding comes from two measures funded by Berkeley voters: Measure M, the $30 million streets and watershed bond voters passed in 2014 and T1, a 2016 city infrastructure bond, a portion of which includes roads. Other funding sources include Alameda County Measures B and BB sales taxes, the city's General Fund, and state gas tax revenues.

See our construction updates page for ongoing details. For general questions, comments or concerns about the City's paving program, please contact Public Works Engineering at pwengineering@cityofberkeley.info.

Summer 2019 Paving - List of Streets

  • 5th, from Harrison to Camelia
  • 6th, from Albany border to Gilman
  • 6th, from Allston to Dwight
  • Adeline Street, between Shattuck and Ashby avenues
  • Arden, from Panoramic to Dead End
  • Bancroft, from Prospect to Panoramic
  • Bonar, from University to Dwight
  • Burnett, from Mabel to Acton
  • Byron, from Addison to Bancroft
  • Canyon, from Bancroft to #67 Canyon
  • Carleton, from San Pablo to Mathews
  • Catalina, from Colusa to The Alameda
  • Cornell, from Hopkins to Virginia
  • Delaware, from California to Martin Luther King Jr. Way
  • Derby, from San Pablo to Mabel
  • Dwight, from Panoramic to eastern City Limit
  • Dwight Crescent, from 6th to 7th
  • Folger, from West End to Hollis
  • Hearst, between Shattuck and Milvia
  • Henry, from Cedar to Rose
  • Highland Place, from Ridge to Hearst
  • Hilgard, from La Vereda to Dead End
  • Jones, from Eastshore Highway to 2nd
  • Jones, from 4th to 6th
  • Josephine, from Hopkins to The Alameda
  • Lincoln, from Sacramento to Grant
  • Milvia Street between Blake and Russell streets
  • Modoc, from Marin to Solano
  • Mosswood, from Panoramic to Dead End
  • Murray, from 7th to San Pablo
  • Page, from 3rd to 4th
  • Panoramic Place, from Panoramic to #8 Panoramic Place
  • Panoramic Way, from Bancroft to Oakland border
  • Poe, from Bonar to Dead End
  • Prince, from Tremont to Telegraph
  • Prospect, from Hillside to Bancroft
  • Ridge, from La Loma to Highland Pl
  • Rugby, from northern city border to Vermont
  • Station Place, from Catalina to  Dead End
  • Vermont, from Maryland to End Above Rugby

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