The city of Berkeley is hard at work on a range of paving projects around the city. Last week, Berkeleyside asked the city for a list and has put them on a map.
The City Council just adopted a five-year paving plan that will allocate $47.81 million to pave the streets. Unfortunately, that is not enough to seriously address the problem. The city should spend more.
Unfunded liabilities for infrastructure needs now exceed unfunded liabilities for employee pensions. Why, then, does the City Council prioritize paying down pensions rather than fixing roads and sidewalk?
More than a third of nearly 1,200 votes in Berkeleyside's non-scientific poll of worst paved streets in Berkeley went to one street. And, yes, we have video.
The city of Berkeley expects to spend more than $20 million in the next year on a range of ambitious infrastructure projects funded by Measure T1, a $100 million bond that won landslide support from voters in 2016.
Many Berkeley streets are in disrepair, bumpy and deteriorating. Which street do you think is the worst? And don't miss the map to show which streets are in the queue for repaving.
The city put out its requests for bids to repave streets so late in 2018 that it either got no bids or ones that came in way over the projected cost. Which street is the worst paved? Take our reader poll.
Renovations, which includes a major seismic retrofit, are expected to take 12-18 months.
Measure O will fail to make a dent in the housing crisis; it promises more than it can deliver. It will also be a burden on homeowners who already pay for 6 local bonds and 9 different parcel taxes/fees.
Community members may be able to weigh in on the future of the Berkeley pier as soon as January, city staff reports.
Originally slated for completion in November 2016, the renovations are now expected to wrap up in December, according to the city.
Politicians sold the $100M infrastructure bond as one that would incorporate public input and be used for the most critical of projects. Neither of those things is happening.