City of Escondido's Street Maintenance Program
One of the four parts of the Escondido City Council Action Plan is neighborhood improvement, and one element of the plan is investing in maintaining good City streets. Every street in our City was surveyed and a Pavement Management Program was developed to ensure efficient and proactive management. This program established eight different geographical zones for the economy of scale. Maintenance within each residential area is prioritized to address the zone with the lowest average pavement condition first. Zone Map. In addition to focusing on residential maintenance zones, City staff resurfaces several other larger streets each year work prioritized based on the pavement condition of each street. The Pavement Management Program is based on actual observations, assures an impartial and objective schedule of improvement, and allows the actual repaving work to occur in the most efficient manner.
Annual Street Maintenance Program:
Each year, City staff prepares a contract to advertise and receive bids for a Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project. The Program focuses on one of the eight residential maintenance zones. In addition, the highest priority major streets are treated based on pavement condition. Though our primary goal is reconditioning streets to extend the life of our roadways and improve driving conditions, the project also includes several other key elements to improve traffic flow, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety, and to reduce long term on-going maintenance problems:
- Remove and replace trees that present a risk to public safety or are damaging streets and sidewalks. Replacement trees are selected with species better suited for their environment.
- Remove and replace damaged or uneven sidewalk areas. Areas are prioritized based on the level of use and condition.
- Add pedestrian ramps to improve accessibility and meet ADA guidelines.
- Update to street signing and striping to improve the flow of traffic and add bike lanes in accordance with the City's Bicycle Master Plan.
Street Maintenance Process:
The process to rehabilitate City streets includes multiple steps. First, areas that are structurally compromised are removed and replaced with asphalt concrete. Next, weeds are treated and cracks are filled. The third step involves one of several types of resurfacing. Depending upon the pavement condition, some streets might receive a chip seal surface coating. Streets are then treated with either a seal coat or an asphalt concrete overlay. Lastly, new striping is installed leaving the street looking like new.
When will my Street be Re-surfaced?
Each year the highest priority streets with a geographical maintenance zone are selected for maintenance. This year's zone of focus (SO) is located south of Felicita Avenue, west of I-15 and the City/County boundary and east of Bear Valley Parkway (Zone Map). The attached list of streets will be treated between December 2018 and April 2019.
Anticipated project highlights:
- Resurface 90-lane miles of City streets
- Replace 0.20-miles of sidewalks
- Add or replace bike lanes to 18-miles of City streets
- Install 36 pedestrian ramps
- Remove and replace over 50 trees
If you live outside this year's maintenance zone, the list of streets to be resurfaced will be evaluated during the year shown on the attached Zone Map. Those streets in the greatest need of repair will be resurfaced based upon the available budget.
What if there is an Immediate Need for Repair?
The City Public Works Department addresses issues of immediate concern, such as filling potholes or other situations which develop and need attention right away. The City often depends on residents to alert us of those conditions. If you would like to report a pothole, you may do so by providing information on the location here Report It app. We organize and prioritize submitted requests, and schedule work to efficiently make repairs to address community concerns.
Recent Street Maintenance Program Accomplishments:
The additional investment in maintenance of the City streets has resulted in 276-lane miles being paved, 2.5 miles of the sidewalk being replaced, and 22.43 miles of bike lane being added or replaced in the past four budget years.
FY13/14 Projects focused on Zone ES (Location: South of Valley and East of Ash) - 57-lane miles paved, 0.27 miles of sidewalk replaced, 4.11 miles of bike lane added or replaced.
FY14/15 Project focused on Zone CN (Location: Bounded by I-15, Lincoln, Ash, and 5th) - 58-lane miles paved, 0.5 miles of sidewalk replaced, and 7.32 miles of bike lane added or replaced.
FY15/16 Project focused on Zone CS (Location: Bounded by I-15, Felicita and 5th) - 67-lane miles paved, 0.6 miles of sidewalk replaced, 5.4 miles of bike lane added or replaced.
FY 16/17 Projects focused on Zone NE (Location: north of Lincoln Parkway/Avenue and east of Broadway) - 94-lane miles paved, 1.12 miles of sidewalk replaced, 5.6 miles of bike lane added or replaced.