Our streets are an important part of the City's infrastructure. They are our means of transport and connect us to many places whether we walk, drive, bike, or ride public transit. DPW is responsible for maintaining and ensuring that our roads and rights of way are clean, safe, accessible and enjoyable.
Resurfacing our streets is critical to providing smooth, safe, and accessible transit routes to and from school, work, and around the City every day. DPW has many active paving projects throughout the neighborhoods.
Slurry Seal Pavement Maintenance Program
Our planned pavement maintenance program is a cost effective way to preserve and prolong the life of streets, not damaged enough to require street paving. This Slurry Seal surface treatment saves considerable time and costs. Learn more about Slurry Seal.
Assessing Pavement Conditions
There are about 850 miles of roadway comprising more than 12,500 street segments in San Francisco. More than half of these are in disrepair due to old age, heavy wear and tear, and recurring excavation of street for the repair of utility service lines (cable, water, electricity) below ground. With so many streets that are in need of reconstruction or repair, how does the city prioritize which streets to repave? There is a science to it all. Learn more through the Street Resurfacing Program.
Through the 5 Year Utility Excavation & Paving Plan DPW coordinates all paving projects with utility companies such as PG&E, Comcast, AT&T, SF Public Utilities Commission, and the SF Municipal Transportation Agency so that any type of underground repair work that needs to be completed, is done in coordination. This ensures that the City is minimizing inconveniences to residents and businesses and that we are upholding our policy that streets cannot be excavated for five years unless there is an emergency repair. So, if you have ever wondered why different agencies are trenching the street right after the other, it's because we planned it that way.
When contractors and other companies excavate, conduct any type of construction work, or occupy our roadway, one of the responsibilities of DPW is to oversee what is being done on the street. DPW does this by providing permits to businesses that apply to use the right of way. This ensures that businesses that do use our public right of way are conducting work in a safe and accessible manner while minimizing disruptions to the neighborhood, pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars.
DPW Street and Sewer Repair Program
Potholes are symptoms of old and deteriorated roadway and heavy wear and tear. Newly paved streets reduce the occurrence of potholes, but until we are able to identify a consistent funding source to renew our streets, requests to fill potholes will continue. DPW repaired approximately 14,000 road defects in 2009 including sinkholes due to aged sewer pipes underground, water in between the street cracks, and poor construction. Learn more.
We also rely on the public to report potholes and street defects quickly to 3-1-1 so that our roadway is safe.
Streetscapes are also a big part of our quality of life. At DPW, we don't just want to fix the streets, we want to create a friendly streetscape environment that will accommodate each and every one of us that share the right of way. Through the Great Streets Program, we are able to create and improve upon community supported streetscape plans throughout the City.
Road Repair and Street Safety Bond
The City and County of San Francisco will begin implementing the $248 million Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond. The bond was put on the November 2011 ballot and passed by San Francisco voters. The bond will repave streets and fix potholes in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco and seismically strengthen deteriorating bridges, overpasses and stairways, all without raising property tax rates and subject to independent oversight and regular audits. Recommended as part of the citywide Ten-Year Capital Plan to improve and invest in the City’s infrastructure, the bond will also improve streetscapes for pedestrian and bicyclist safety, improve traffic flow on local streets and install sidewalk and curb ramps to meet the City’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.