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National Public Works Week: Fixing Failed Streets

National Public Works Week is May 21 through 27. This week we’ll be highlighting activities that the San Mateo Public Works Department is doing, such as fixing failed streets, to make this community better for all residents. Visit the city’s website for more information about the Public Works Department.

Fixing “Failed Streets” in San Mateo

In 2015, San Mateo voters passed Measure S, a quarter-cent sales tax that was needed to help rebuild and repair streets that have potholes—and are uneven and damaged by storms each winter.

The City’s Failed Streets initiative has identified approximately 15 miles of streets that are priorities for these fixes. These priority streets were identified by a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) that uses existing pavement conditions, traffic conditions, and other criteria to measure street conditions on a scale of 1 to 100. Streets with a PCI score of about 40 or less are considered failed.

Coordination with Clean Water Program

The Public Works Department is actively coordinating the street repairs with another large infrastructure program—the Clean Water Program. Under the Clean Water Program, several miles of sewer lines are to be rehabilitated and replaced. Because this would require some work in city streets, the projects will be timed so that road paving projects are done after sewer line replacements to avoid the need to dig up newly paved streets. The city is also coordinating with other underground utilities, such as Pacific Gas & Electric, to minimize any utility disruptions.

“While there are many challenges to completing the failed street program, the City’s dedicated and talented engineering staff is excited to participate in the efforts to improve the condition of these city streets,” says Brad Underwood, the City’s Director of Public Works.

Road Repair Begins this Week

This week, construction begins on major fixes to 30th Avenue from Alameda de las Pulgas to Flores Street. More projects will be implemented in the coming 5 to 7 years, with funding from Measure S.

Visit the Pavement Management Program on the city’s website for more information about how street repairs are prioritized.

Keep reading throughout the week to learn more about what San Mateo’s Public Works Department is doing to make the community better for all San Mateo residents. Subscribe to San Mateo Insider to stay up to date about all that’s happening at the city of San Mateo.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Annie fu May 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Good job .

    • Reply San Mateo Insider May 23, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you!

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