Street Improvements: Street Selection Process

Workers Performing Street RehabilitationBe sure to check out this helpful map that contains up-to-date ratings for all of San Leandro's streets!

How Streets are Selected

The City uses a process that takes a number of factors into consideration before selecting streets to be improved. These factors include:

  • Amount of Traffic - Streets with more traffic are prioritized over streets with less traffic. You can find a fact sheet on San Leandro's roadway conditions (PDF).
  • Funding - The amount of funds and the kind of funds available.
  • Location of Streets - To increase construction efficiency and lower cost, streets near one another are prioritized.
  • Other Scheduled Projects - Sometimes when a related project is taking place, such as the installation of a street light, some road repair may be included.
  • Street Condition - The City uses a Pavement Management System and physical inspections to determine the condition of each street. Each street is then ranked.

Types of Funding Available

  • Grant Funds. Grants are primarily available for busy roadways called arterials and collectors. Arterials are high-capacity urban roads. The primary function of arterial roads is to deliver traffic from collector roads to freeways. They are the wider and more heavily traveled streets, such as San Leandro Boulevard and Marina Boulevard. Collectors are low to moderate-capacity roads that serve to move traffic from local streets to arterial roads. They are narrower than arterials but still carry a significant amount of traffic, such as Williams Street. Most often, these grants require that the City pay a portion of the cost using other funds.
  • Measure B Funds. These local tax funds can be used on any street in the city. The current Measure B funds are available until 2020.
  • Periodic Tax Funds. Occasionally, the voters or the State will provide special revenue for roadway repairs. Some of these funds can be used on residential streets; others are reserved for arterials and collectors. Examples of these funds include tax revenue from Proposition 1B and funds for Traffic Congestion Relief.
  • General Funds. While the City may elect to use its general funds to support street rehabilitation, typically these funds are not available for road improvement projects.