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Street Repair Program

Information on the City's Street Repair Program.

smphFor Pothole Problems, please contact our Customer Service Unit at (510) 981-CITY (2489), or submit an electronic request through the Online Service Center.

Condition of Our Streets

Public Works maintains 214 miles of streets in the City of Berkeley. Those streets have a replacement value of over $793 million. The current PCI of our City is at a 57, which means that the condition of our streets is very much “At-Risk”. The pavement condition index (PCI) is a shared indicator used by Bay Area cities to evaluate whether street condition is very good to excellent (80-100), good (70-79), fair (60-69), “at-risk” (50-59), poor (25-49) or failed (0-24). With Berkeley’s PCI at 57, it is the 15th worst of all cities in the nine Bay Area counties. Our PCI has remained in the range of 56-59 from 2010 through 2020.

Citywide PCI Map - January 2021

Public Works strives to improve our street condition from its current condition of “At-Risk” to a good condition. Such improvement would have multiple benefits beyond just aesthetics and comfort. All those who use our transportation network to bike, walk, drive, take public transit, or otherwise stay mobile will experience safer streets with fewer potholes; refreshed, more visible pavement markings; increased traffic safety; and streets where stormwater flows where it needs to rather than ponds and floods. Improved street condition would save residents money. TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit, showed that the poor condition of San Francisco Bay Area roads causes drivers an average of $1,049 in annual repair costs.

Our ”At-Risk” street condition does not impact every Berkeley resident equally. While a high income Berkeley resident might absorb a $1,049 repair bill without much sacrifice, low-income Berkeley residents may only be able to cover this cost by forgoing some basic necessities. While a driver may not even notice a small pothole, the threat to a bicyclist is more significant. Similarly, a pothole in a crosswalk can pose as an obstacle or even a danger to a person using a cane, wheelchair, or stroller.

Our streets are “At-Risk” for two very simple and interconnected reasons. First, for decades our City has underinvested in street repair. To merely keep our streets in their current “At-Risk” condition, our City would need to add an additional $8.4 million annually to our street paving budget. Second, the longer streets go without proper maintenance, the more expensive they are to repair. These together explain why our City faces a current backlog of almost $250 million in street repairs, and if we stay on our current course, that backlog grows to $1 billion by 2050.

Is there a way to improve our street condition?

Yes. Below is a chart that shows various paths that our streets could follow from 2021 through 2050. The red line at the bottom shows the status quo. If current funding levels remain at the same level, our streets decline from “At-Risk” to poor by 2025 and approach failed by 2050.30 Year Projections_October 2020

Yet the blue line at the top represents a different path. With an infusion of $306 million before 2030, our street condition would break into the good range by 2027 and remain there through 2050. Such an approach would dramatically improve our street condition, and the experience and safety of users of these streets. A $300 million investment in our streets is a significant request. However, the failure to make this investment only grows the size of the problem: our streets deteriorate and become less safe, residents with less money and different abilities are impacted more, and our City is left with a $1 billion burden in 2050.

Where could this $306 million investment come from? One possibility is one or two revenue measures before 2030, perhaps through general obligation bonds and/or parcel taxes. These measures would require two-thirds of Berkeley voters to approve.

For more on the City’s paving condition, please see the City’s most recent pavement management update at this link here.

Street Paving Schedule

univThe City contracts out one to two street rehabilitation projects each fiscal year, depending upon available funding. Construction occurs in the spring/summer.

Notices of impending work are distributed to affected residents and business owners approximately one month in advance.

Check the current schedule for this year or recently completed projects.

 Map of Areas Scheduled for Construction

E-mail the City concerning the Street Capital Improvement Program.

5-Year Street Plan

Berkeley maintains a rolling 5-Year Street Rehabilitation Plan for paving and reconstructing City streets. The plan is generated with the aid of a sophisticated Pavement Management System developed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The plan was most recently updated for Fiscal Years 2021 through 2023 by Resolution 69,712-N.S. adopted by Council on January 26, 2021. The Street Rehabilitation and Repair Policy created by Resolution 55,384-N.S. and updated by Resolution 64,733-N.S. to include permeable paving, contains the basic criteria for developing the plan and includes the following:

  • Street condition,
  • Type of repair required,
  • Cost effectiveness,
  • Amount and type of traffic,
  • AC Transit bus or bicycle route,
  • Coordination with other City programs, e.g., sanitary sewer or storm drain, and
  • Coordination with utility company work, e.g., PG&E, EBMUD, AT&T, Comcast.

Note: The planned year of rehabilitation for each street is subject to change due to conflicting construction work, budgetary constraints, and unforeseen circumstances. Funding for street rehabilitation comes from a variety of sources including the City's General Fund, State Gas Taxes, Alameda County Measure B & BB Transportation Sales Tax, and Federal grants.

Check the current plan for your street.

Streets on Moratorium

After a street has been rehabilitated through the City's Street Capital Improvement Program, it is protected by a five (5) year moratorium on any planned work involving pavement cuts. Check the current list of streets on moratorium.

Link to Street Lighting.

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