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We maintain over 2,400 miles of street pavement, including:

We perform inspections to:
  • Track network condition.
  • Identify conditions that have negative impacts on safety, durability, and appearance.
Inspections are performed by City staff and consultants. 

Preventive Maintenance 
If performed before the road begins to break up, preventative maintenance is the most cost-effective way to maintain pavement. 
  • Extends the life of the road and keeps it looking and riding in like-new condition.
  • Treatments performed to increase the life of the roadway:
    • Include chip sealing, slurry sealing, and resurfacing.
    • Prevent water from entering the roadway, which can cause early failure.
    • Can extend the useful life of roads from 20 to 100 years if maintained regularly.

The 2016 Arterial Resurfacing was partially funded by a grant from CalRecycle. By using rubberized hot mixed asphalt in the paving material, approximately 130,000 California waste tires will be diverted from the waste stream by this project.

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Pavement Reconstruction 
When the condition of a street reaches the point where preventive maintenance is no longer cost-effective, reconstruction is required. 
  • Reconstruction involves removing the entire roadway structure and replacing it. 
  • Repairs of this scope are 6 to 10 times more expensive than preventative maintenance. 

Corrective Maintenance
Corrective maintenance is work identified during inspections or in response to a citizen’s concern, including:
  • Pothole repair.
  • Full depth dig outs.

Bridge Maintenance 
We own and maintain 165 vehicular bridges that carry traffic on city streets. 

  • To report damaged bridge railings, deck surfaces, fencing, or sidewalk on or near a vehicular bridge, please call (408) 794-1900
  • The City also owns and maintains pedestrian bridges often found in parks or near schools. To report damage to a pedestrian bridge, please contact the Neighborhood Parks Division at (408) 793-5510

News and Announcements
Pavement update week of 7/8/19
A two-week look ahead to paving activities, starting Monday, July 8. Read on...
Pavement update week of 7/1/19
A two-week look ahead to paving activities, starting Monday, July 1. Read on...
Pavement update week of 6/24/19
A two-week look ahead to paving activities, starting Monday, June 24. Read on...