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Press Release: Measure M Paving Projects to be Reviewed Sept. 4

From Bernadette Lopes
Friday August 29, 2014 - 10:09:00 AM

If you are interested in the City of Berkeley paving program or in providing input on the paving of your street, you are encouraged to attend the September 4, 2014 Public Works Commission meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. At the meeting, the Commission will continue its review of the proposed 2016 paving plan. The Public Works Commission will be providing a recommendation to the City Council regarding the 2016 plan prior to it being presented to the Council for approval in November 2014. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you are welcome to send your comments or questions to 

Measure M funding is being utilized in addition to other funding sources for paving and green infrastructure projects from 2014 through 2019. The Measure M planning process was led by the Public Works Commission in collaboration with the Transportation, Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, and Community Environmental Advisory Commissions, with support from the City Council. Measure M-funded projects and the annual paving plan are being delivered by the Public Works Department. Streets are selected for paving in accordance with the City's Street Rehabilitation Policy and the Measure M scorecard developed at the Measure M workshops. 

This summer the City paved over 7.5 miles on 25 streets around the City, including significant portions of Cedar Street, Parker Street, Allston Way, Shasta Road, Contra Costa Avenue, Grizzly Peak, and Wildcat Canyon, installed green infrastructure to collect and treat urban storm water runoff at or near the intersections of Allston Way and California Street, Milvia Street and Hopkins Street, Milvia Street and Eunice Street, and Vine Street and Spruce Street, and began construction of a permeable paver demonstration project on Allston Way adjacent to the Civic Center. The work was part of the 2014 paving plan the City Council approved in 2013. The miles paved in 2014 are approximately twice the amount the City paved annually prior to the passage of Measure M. Photos of some of the 2014 work are attached. 

In the summer of 2015 the City plans to pave approximately 17 miles on over 50 streets and install a major green infrastructure project on Parker Street. More paving and green infrastructure are planned for the remaining years. The City is implementing innovative and more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly pavement treatments that utilize less new material and recycle existing pavement in place.