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Department of Public Works
Department of Public Works


Dated May 22, 1990

BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley as follows:


Section 1. General Policy. 

It is the policy of the City of Berkeley that there shall be a 5-year Street Rehabilitation Plan for the entire City to be adopted by the City Council. The Plan shall make use of all available funding and set priority for rehabilitation of streets in accordance with their use, as follows:

  1. Arterials.
  2. Collectors.
  3. Residentials.
  4. Within the collectors and residential street categories, bus and bicycle routes shall be given first consideration.

These priorities are consistent with the current City policy of encouraging use of forms of transportation other than automobiles.

The Program may provide for paving publicly owned unimproved streets in areas other than those zoned S1 (industrial and manufacturing if at least 50% of the cost is borne by the adjacent property owners.

The Program shall be reviewed and updated annually to ensure consistency with General Plan and Area Plan policies.

Section 2. Assumptions. 

  1. Emergency and interim work for trench and pothole repair will be done and funded outside this program.
  2. Currently available funds for street rehabilitation include Gas Tax, Measure B, Federal Aid Urban (FAU), and other federal, state, and local funds appropriated by the City Council for this purpose during the annual budget process.
  3. Additional sources of funding other than those currently available will be needed to ensure acceptable level of efforts in street repair.

Section 3. Funding. 

  1. FAU, State-Local Partnership Program (SB 300, Statute of 1989) and other similar program funds shall be used for repair of Arterials.
  2. All Berkeley's Measure B funds allocated for local streets and roads, all new gas tax subventions (e.g., SB 300, Statute of 1989), as much of the current gas tax subventions as available and other similar funds shall be used for street rehabilitation/repair as follows:
    • 10% for Arterial.
    • 50% for Collectors.
    • 25% for Residentials.
    • 15% for Concrete Streets and Discretionary Repair.
  3. The fees assessed to mitigate for excessive deterioration on and wear and tear of streets resulted from construction activities, public or private, shall be used for street rehabilitation.

Section 4. Specific Policy. 

The Street Rehabilitation Program (as well as the on-going repair programs in Section B) shall be based on the following criteria, listed in order of priority.

  1. Street rehabilitation/repair shall be coordinated with utility, sewer, and other underground activities to minimize the cost and maximize the effectiveness of rehabilitation/repair.
  2. Cost effectiveness is an important basis for priority setting. Given the current limited amount of funds available, it behooves the City to make the best use of available funds.
  3. In order to benefit the greatest number of residents, visibility of rehabilitation/repair and heavy street use (as indicated by traffic counts and bus routes designated in AC Transit's Comprehensive Service Plan) shall be given great consideration.
  4. Rehabilitation/repair of an entire street, rather than one block at a time, shall be scheduled as much as possible.
  5. First hand assessment of streets, as well as computer based analysis, shall be a basis for street rehabilitation/repair program development.

Section 5. Program and Policy Development and Update 

  1. The 5-year Street Rehabilitation Program shall be adopted by the City Council, and the 5-year planning process shall be adopted as a City policy.
  2. Each year, the 5-year program shall be reviewed and updated formally by the City Council, with the advice of the Public Works Commission.
  3. On an annual basis coinciding with budget preparation, the Street Rehabilitation Program policy shall be reviewed and updated formally by the City Council, with advice of the Public Works Commission.



Section 6. General Policy 

It is the policy of the City of Berkeley that there shall be an annual program to complete Utility Trench and Pot Hole Repair Program for the most heavily used streets and in the priority order, as follows:

  1. Arterials.
  2. Collectors.
  3. Residentials with bus routes.

Additionally, the other residential streets shall be repaired on an area by area basis at least every five (5) years. The program shall be reviewed and updated annually to ensure adherence to the City policy.

Section 7. Assumptions. 

  1. Emergency work for trench and pot hole repair will be done as a part of this program.
  2. Utility company created trenches will be repaired by the respective utility company, and no City resources will be used for these purposes.

Section 8. Funding. 

  1. Gas Tax subventions and General Funds of the City shall be used for pot hole repair.
  2. Sewer repair assessment funds shall be used for City created utility trench repair.

Section 9. Specific Policy. 

In addition to applicable policy under Street Rehabilitation Policy, the Utility Trench and Pot Hole Program shall be based on the following criteria:

  1. A trench or a pot hole is defined as any pavement surface irregularities with a change of elevation (plus or minus) of more than one (1) inch in twelve (12).
  2. All on-going trench and pot hole repair shall use the permanent repair technique, i.e., prepare the trench or pot hole into a rectangular shape, fill with hot asphalt mix, and roll to match the grade adjacent to it.
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