Street Improvements: Street Selection Process

Street Improvements: Street Selection Process

Be sure to check out this helpful map that contains a rating for all of San Leandro's streets as of spring 2017!

Goals of the Selection Process:

  •  To preserve and/or improve the overall condition of city streets.
  •  To provide the best street condition for the largest number of drivers.
  •  To reduce maintenance costs.
  •  To use an objective and repeatable process.
  •  To coordinate street improvement in an efficient manner.

Types of Pavement Improvement:

Pavement Rejuvenation: When pavement is in good enough condition that it can be improved with a surface treatment.  The cost is approximately $26,000 per lane mile for slurry sealing and $122,000 per lane mile for cape sealing with dig-out repairs.  (A lane mile is a unit of measurement that is 12 feet wide and 5,280 feet in length.

Pavement Replacement: When pavement is in such poor condition that it must be removed and replaced.  The cost ranges from $335,000 to $455,000 per lane mile.

Roadway Reconstruction: When the entire road section has deteriorated to the point that the asphalt concrete pavement and its underlying base layer has to be reconstructed.  The cost for road reconstruction ranges from $464,000 to $536,000 per lane mile.

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:

Street Condition
The City uses a Pavement Management System and physical inspections to determine the condition of each street.  Each street is then ranked.
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 here.
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.
The amount of funds and the kind of funds available.


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.