By the City of Santa Barbara
Beginning this fall, pavement rehabilitation work will take place on roadway sections in the Cannon Green Neighborhood, the Covington Neighborhood, and a portion of Cathedral Oaks Road from Alameda to Evergreen as part of the 2022-2023 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Additionally, the City’s 2020-2021 Pavement Rehabilitation Project is anticipated to be completed at the end of September / early October.
The 2020-2021 Pavement Rehabilitation Project began in November 2021 and consists of roadway sections along Cathedral Oaks Road, Kellogg Avenue, Calle Real, Glen Annie Road, Hollister Avenue, Coloma Drive, and the Evergreen Neighborhood. The project began with concrete work consisting of reconstruction of curb ramps to be ADA compliant, spandrels, cross gutters, and miscellaneous concrete repairs. Completion of the concrete work was immediately followed by asphalt work that included rehabilitation methods from grind and overlays to full depth reconstruction. The project is currently in its final stages, completing signage, striping, and miscellaneous items before wrapping up.
The City constructs an Annual Pavement Rehabilitation Project as part of its Pavement Management Program (PMP). Following the PMP ensures the most efficient use of available funding for maintaining the City’s roadway network. The PMP consists of tracking the condition of the pavement and based on the condition, developing periodic pavement maintenance activities and projects. Pavement maintenance ranges from pothole repair and crack sealing to slurry seals, overlays, and reconstructions. The PMP is also a critical planning tool that assists staff in establishing a list of priority roadways to be included in the City’s annual pavement rehabilitation projects. In addition to the PMP recommendations, the paving priority list is developed based on public input and staff’s experience and understanding of the roadways. While the use of the PMP helps with expending available funding efficiently as possible, the City has a backlog of deferred roadway pavement maintenance. With the backlog as well as the recent significant increase in the cost of construction, additional funding sources are needed.
The City worked with Pavement Engineering Inc. (PEI) to complete the design of the 2022-2023 Pavement Rehabilitation Project. A 3-year design agreement with PEI is currently scheduled to go before City Council for authorization on September 6, 2022. The intent of a 3-year design agreement is to be able to begin design of one pavement project immediately following another without delay of further authorization, based on the PMP that is updated every 3 years. Currently, a pavement project from design to start of construction takes approximately 14-16 months. The extended agreement will allow for a more predictable schedule in hopes of being able to complete construction during the summer months to avoid conflicts with school activities.
The City would like to express its appreciation to the public for its patience during construction. If you have any questions on the Annual Pavement Projects, please contact Debbie Talarico, Contract Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.