In potholed city, which Berkeley streets will be paved?

Find out if your street will be paved in the next two years by consulting our interactive map. (Blue lines are scheduled for 2014, and red lines are scheduled for 2015.)

Will your street be paved in the next two years? (Blue lines are scheduled for 2014, by June, and red lines for July 2014 through June 2015.) In some cases, locations are approximate. See this list for details.

The city of Berkeley has budgeted nearly $15.4 million through June 2015 to repave nearly 25 miles of city streets, many of which are in rough shape and desperate need of improvement.

So which streets will be paved? Berkeleyside has created an interactive map — scroll down to view it — to show which streets are on the list for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. Streets marked in blue are set to be repaved in 2014 by June, while those in red are slated to be fixed in fiscal year 2014-15.

Those streets are described in more detail in a report submitted to the Berkeley City Council by the city’s Public Works Commission last November.

This is the first year Measure M funding, approved by voters in November 2012, is available for street and watershed projects, which is expected to speed the pace of progress. Measure M allocates $30 million toward street and watershed improvements, to be split over five years.

The city is using a computer program called “StreetSaver” to help set the priorities for improvements going forward. The program looks at criteria such as pavement condition, cost effectiveness and the type of repair needed to set the priorities. The hope, according to city staff, is that this will allow Berkeley to raise its overall Pavement Condition Index (PCI) in “the optimum way,” according to a staff report from last fall.

Only 24% of city streets not at risk, in poor condition or failing

A city auditor’s report from 2011 found that, of Berkeley’s 216 miles of streets, about 13% were “at risk,” 25% in worse shape, in “poor condition,” and another 12% in the lowest category, “failing.” At that time, Berkeley’s average PCI was 58 — considered “at risk” — while the target PCI for Bay Area streets is 75.

The report painted a grim picture of a city struggling to keep up with street improvements that are growing, and already cost more than the city can afford.

“Berkeley’s streets are failing,” according to the report. “Without action now, we have to ask, ‘If we can’t afford to fix our streets now, how are we going to be able to afford to fix them in the future when the cost will be millions more?'” (Read the auditor’s report here.)

The voters passed Measure M to try to address those problems, at least in part.

In 2014, 7.8 miles of Berkeley streets are slated to be repaved, split almost equally between “collectors” — such as Cedar Street, Shasta Road, Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Wildcat Canyon Road — and less-traveled residential streets. Nearly 4.7 miles of bike routes are expected to be improved along the way. Projects are expected to cost $4.2 million.

In 2014-15, nearly 17 miles — including almost 8.4 miles of bike routes — are scheduled to be repaved, costing nearly $9.2 million. “Collectors” include Cedar, Durant Avenue, Hearst Avenue and Rose Street, along with many residential streets, such as Ninth Street, Berkeley Way, Channing Way, Parker Street and Russell Street.

2 miles of city’s largest streets are in the mix

Nearly 2 miles of the city’s largest streets are also in the mix in 2014-15: Derby Street, Dwight Way, Hearst Avenue and Shattuck Avenue are among them.

In June, the Public Works Commission will make its recommendations for upcoming years, which will be based on Public Works staff suggestions described in the next five-year paving plan.

In addition to Measure M, the city’s approximately $3.4 million annual street paving program is funded by the General Fund, Measure B, and state transportation tax funds, according to last fall’s Public Works Commission report.

Read more about Measure M, and about the state of Berkeley’s streets.

Have your say on improving Berkeley’s streets, watershed (09.30.13)
Scorecard would help determine Measure M projects (07.18.13)
Second Measure M planning meeting comes Saturday (06.06.13)
City asks residents to brainstorm Measure M spending (04.23.13)
Ambitious public works program falls short of need (03.21.13)
Pensions, infrastructure key Berkeley budget liabilities (02.20.13)
Budget: Spending cuts needed to avoid shortfall (01.28.13)
Council supports Sunday Streets, looks to find funds (01.25.13)
Berkeley General Fund revenues may fall short in 2012-13 (12.12.12)
Average Berkeley street in at-risk condition, many worse (11.16.11)

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  • Chris J

    I wonder if the paving will affect the bike lanes, which tend to be toward the sides of the main roads. My near daily ride to Berk Bowl West is rough on my ass and legs from the crumbly road. Delaware between San Pablo and Sacramento is also pretty bad.

    I don’t quite despair over this all–after all, I’m adjusting to this world of crazily increasing costs and fees through a slew of personal financial measures including minimizing the use of a car, biking, eating and baking at home, and serious consideration of retirement in a cheaper (country) or state. People are putting more money into retirement, if they’re able, rather than putting it into discretionary income, which affects local businesses.

    And meanwhile, the roads are still in crappy condition and we live in a world where even the reasonably employed (shrinking middle class) find they need to continue working well into their 60s, young people are priced out of owning their own homes…and the roads are crappy to ride or drive on.

    This is not meant as a dig on Berkeley’s political establishment or the particular departments responsible for parks or road maintenance. Its simply an observations about this city…this nation. Agh. Didn’t mean to turn this letter into a general diatribe on the fall of western civilization.

  • Mfox327

    Paving 6th street from University to JUST Allston is idiotic. That road is horrendous all the way to Dwight. Who made that decision??

  • djoelt1

    Just a friendly suggestion to city engineers…

    Make sure all bike routes are smoothly paved. We don’t have suspension and it makes a huge difference – safer too in the dark, where typical bike lights illuminate bumps but older eyes can’t discern the depth of the holes or whether they bump up or down.

  • guest

    Looks like a lot more paving scheduled for North & East than for South & West. Another case of those with deeper pockets getting the best treatment from our city officials?

  • T.

    Bollard placement has turned Delaware between SP & Sac is a major thoroughfare. If they were repaving based on traffic volume it would be scheduled for repairs. Looks like they are picking roads some other way though.

    Glad to see Sacramento between University & Delaware being repaved. That stretch is in absolutely horrible condition.

  • Antonio Noguerra

    Any chance of a map showing streets and (anonymized) homes of people with the ability to influence the priorities or the careers of those who influence the priorities?

    I’m thinking of the council members, their staff, the public works commission and staff, etc.

  • bingo

    FCOL, all of them please? Many east coast cities with larger temperature fluctuations (below freezing in winter, up to 100 in summer) have more well-maintained roads than good ‘ol Berkeley which fluctuates between roughly 45 and 85 yearly. Incredible.

  • Woolsey

    Berkeley should be using the road renovation as an opportunity to implement “green technology” and infiltrate the stormwater or otherwise use it to support roadway greenery. These actions would also help Berkeley deal with some of its stormwater disposal problems. If the drought continues, we may start using the groundwater and recharging with stormwater will become essential. Many other communities such as Santa Monica are leaders in this area – no reason Berkeley can’t be a leader, too.

  • guest

    Anybody ever been on Summit Road? I walked up there one day and wondered if it was even an actual street. How can it not be on this plan? Or is it without my being able to tell?

  • ZK

    How does Euclid not get any repaving at all? The stretch around Codornices Park is absolutely terrible.

    Also, the city needs to go to all these developers and their contractors that are working on projects in downtown Berkeley and get them to chip in for the damage they are causing to city streets. The roads around the construction projects have become noticeably worse with all the heavy truck traffic.

  • Thorn A. Fusco

    i’ve only been bugging Ken (DPW) and Jesse (city council) for what, 3 yrs to get Cedar fixed .. FINALLY WE ARE ON THE LIST!! amazing how bad they have let it get. -What doesnt help- The City had listed Cedar as having been paved from Sacramento to Shattuck when it was actually only paved to MLK- result- FIFTEEN YEARS on top of the initial 5 between pavings. If your street is really bad, and not on the list, you might call DPW and check – sometimes they pave part of a street and list it as fully paved, the neglected section deteriorates indefinitely….

  • Thorn A. Fusco

    more like most of south and west already got paved

  • Thorn A. Fusco

    doesnt work like that or Cedar would have been paved years ago. WHAT HELPS- you and your neighbors call the city- over and over and over. That’s what we did and still took 4 yrs to get Cedar on the list. I have suspicions Max has some sort of in, or maybe there is another reason, but only his district has gotten large swaths paved for years until recently (you may have noticed dwight and grizzly peak) ./// Bottom line Kenneth at DPW sets the list, and he seems to do it by just looking over data from when streets were last paved rather than actually looking at road conditions, UNLESS he gets major public input. If your block is terrible and you get everyone to sign a petition or call in, paving often gets done faster/ not always. Cedar has been a nightmare of endless calls to multiple agencies, they did some tests last year and finally are on it this year/ what a mess

  • Hyper_lexic

    Just a question on reading the map. I see a blue, but I don’t really see a red – I see a purple (e.g., Hearst between Sacto and MLK) and a brown (Hearst between Shattuck and La Loma). Are both of these in the second set to be done by July 2015?

  • Rebecca

    yay!! Cedar St made the list! its the worst when you are on a bike!

  • Charles_Siegel

    Hearst from Shattuck to La Loma is scheduled to be completely rebuilt between 2015 and 2017, using a grant for a complete streets project that will add sidewalks, medians, and bike lanes in some places (as part of the SOSIP).

    I hope they don’t repave it by 2015, as the map seems to show – finishing just in time for them to tear up and rebuild the newly paved street.

  • Devin

    Only street on my must-pave list that they missed is Derby St between Shattuck and Dana (which is more like a collection of asphalt patches than a paved road). I’m very glad to see California (bike blvd) is getting a fresh coat – bike lanes and paving on bike blvds have been welcome in the last couple of years but Ohlone Greenway has some pretty banged up sections – I wonder if that could be covered by Measure M?

    I also think its worth noting as mentioned in the article that they use several criteria to optimize the road replacement. I suspect Derby hasn’t been repaved because it sees heavy storm water flows when it rains and the City ends up ripping up the road every few years to replace failing sewers so it would be wasteful to do a full repave.

  • emraguso

    Sorry for the confusion. I agree the colors are a bit ambiguous. The blue is supposed to be done by June 2014. The other color (maroon, purple, brown-ish — which includes Hearst) is supposed to be done between July 2014 and June 2015. Hope that helps!

  • john box

    does Ashby not make the cut because it’s a state road? The stretch from the railroad tracks to San Pablo is horrendous. Every time my bus drives that stretch it sounds like the bus is going to fall to pieces.

  • emraguso

    It may be that Ashby is being handled separately in connection with fourth bore projects — — but I’m not sure.

  • Sarah

    Absolutely agree with you about Derby. A couple of years ago, they tore it up to put in new sewar pipes but never repaved it. It’s in horrible condition now.
    The potholes between Shattuck and Fulton are horrendous.

  • Iceland_1622

    What is the story on Berkeley’s notorious broken sidewalks and their dangerous trip buckles? I suspect that that will all have to wait and make do with what are called ‘make safe’ patches ( blactop patches esentually ). In full honesty, and this may very well be possible in any neighbrohood oriented and progressive city in CA, any “one group” could work with the City and orgainize a weekend work party and upgrade such battered and broken sidewalks with the new tiles that do *not* buckle and are more like cobblestones in nature, but interlocking. Look for grants for materials from Bay Area or Berkeley tech compaines if the City is pressed for $$ as is most of America. This way, when done properly, the sidewalks will *not* buckle under the first deep rain when the tree roots swell and snap them all over again in 8 ~12 months.

  • Ernest I

    What happened to Oxford!!! Between Hearst and Rose, it is a mass of disjointed concrete slabs that have my car going bang, bang, bang over them. It has been this way for years, and my previous requests to fix it have been ignored.

    I have also wondered how streets to be repaved were chosen. Now I know – it is a stupid computer program which doesn’t seem to take traffic load into account. Thus all the quiet side streets by Gilman east of San Pablo were nicely done two years ago, while heavily traveled main streets remain in bad disrepair. Time for a new computer, one that can actually drive the real streets, best located in the brain of a human being.

  • guest

    Please write to the City Council and Public Works department about this. Considering how bungling they are on so many issues I would not be surprised if they had completely overlooked this.

  • PeterSchurman

    I could not agree more. I now drive around to University even though I live 1/2 block off Ashby.

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  • aperson

    The worst-condition block in the entire city is not even on this list!

    It’s also one of the most obscure blocks, but even so, the street is in such bad shape it really should be a high priority.

    Rose St., between Tamalpais Rd., crossing Greenwood Terrace, up to the dead end below La Loma, is completely disintegrating. Most people don’t even know this section of Rose exists, as it is not connected to the rest of Rose. Hence, sometimes it is called “Upper Rose,” above the Rose Steps.

    In some places, the asphalt has given way, and the roadbed has reverted to a dirt road. Elsewhere, the asphalt has basically turned to rubble/gravel. In the good areas, it is merely heavily potholed.

    I have the feeling even the City of Berkeley has completely forgotten that Upper Rose exists. But it desperately needs fixing ASAP!

  • Charles_Siegel

    I think the state is responsible for paving Ashby and San Pablo, because they are state highways.

  • Heather_W_62

    I live on a thru street that extends from Albany through to University. It is used by emergency vehicles and police as well as many large trucks, cars and bicycles, as a San Pablo bypass. I petitioned for a repaving back in August, but was told it had been repaved in 2009. That was a bald-face lie; when I called the other day because a guest’s car window was cracked from gravel spit up by a passing car, I was told the street has NEVER been repaved in at least the 20 years since I’ve lived here. Now, we’ve had one resident who fell into the rubble and mess and got badly hurt through three layers of clothing, and now a guest’s car must have a windshield replaced (who knows how many other injuries, property damage has occurred that has been unreported?). No one in the neighborhood wants to ride a bike, let alone even walk across the street due to it’s deshabille. If our street is a main artery (due to congestion on San Pablo) I’d expect it to make this list. Alas, it doesn’t. In spite of my numerous inquiries, complaints and demands. Where DOES this list come from?

  • Mbfarrel

    Parts of Oxford, Rose, Euclid and Spruce were paved with concrete to stand up to bus traffic.
    This was done in the 1950’s. They held up pretty well.
    I believe my street was last paved in 1962. It hasn’t held up well, but given the virtual impossibility of getting a speed hump I hope it gets worse.
    Oxford is not a problem for me.

  • Charles_Siegel

    I looked it up. Ashby is part of California State Route 13.

  • Charles_Siegel

    I took your advice and wrote to them.

  • Hyper_lexic

    Thanks. looking again I think the yellow background on some of the streets in google maps was confusing me – made it look like there were two different reddish colors.

  • Slash

    Curtis st would fall under the criteria, as it extends as far south as Dwight all the way to Colusa Circle. The block between Hearst and Delaware has been in such horrible condition for the five years I’ve been around.

  • David D.

    Why in the world is Hearst between Sacramento and MLK on this list? The pavement on that street is infinitely smoother than it is on the non-highlighted portions of Cedar, or even Delaware west of Sacramento. I guess somebody around there has connections! Glad to see Sacramento north of University will finally get some pavement, though.

  • Charles_Siegel

    I got this response, showing that the city was on top of the issue all along:

    As noted in
    your email, there is a Federal grant funded complete streets project
    planned for Hearst Avenue between Shattuck Avenue and La Loma Avenue.
    The paving of this section of Hearst, currently listed in the street
    repair plan for 2015, is to be done
    as part of the Hearst complete streets project. It will not be done out
    of sequence with a separate project .

  • emraguso

    Via Councilman Gordon Wozniak’s office: “Please note that the City is starting planned sanitary sewer rehabilitation on Panoramic Way between Mosswood and Dwight Way in April 2014. Construction is expected to last from April to August 2014, although not every block will be affected for the entire period. No significant interruption in sewer, water, electric, gas, or phone service is anticipated. Traffic will be delayed at the work site and temporary lane closures may be necessary but will not exceed 12 hours at a time. In order to complete the work, crews will need to prohibit street parking during construction work hours. ‘No Parking’ signs will be posted along the street 3 days in advance and will be enforced by the Police Department. Door hangers or posted notices providing further information will be distributed a minimum of 3 days before work actually starts on your block.”

    Click the link to the map below for more detail about the planned areas of construction:

  • Let’s all ask for calmer, safer Complete Streets!

  • The computer also seems to like to repair rich areas in the hills, to figure..

  • Chris Rooney

    Hopkins between Gilman and Sacramento definitely needs repaving.