South end Pacifica residents from Crespi Drive to Park Pacifica Avenue will be the first to benefit from street repairs in a five-year plan that prioritizes a “stop gap” cape seal treatment with base repair. Despite the work, city officials say, the overall quality of local streets will get worse before they get better and notable improvements will take a big investment.
Parts of Crespi Drive, Acacia Court, Redwood Way, Fassler Avenue, Everglades Drive, Driftwood Circle, Lerida Way, Banyan Way, Vega Court and Mason Drive will be part of that first year’s work beginning in 2020, said Lisa Petersen, director of public works. A new slurry seal will be applied on Andorra Court and Picardo Court.
In 2021-22, the same cape seals and base repairs will be completed in many Linda Mar neighborhoods including on Peralta Road, Standish Road, Linda Mar Boulevard, and Ladero Way. Slurry seals will be put on Escalero Drive, Adobe Drive, Seville Drive, Oviedo Court and Marvella Circle.
In 2022-23, the north end of town will see its first wave of street repairs on Monterey Avenue, Hickey Boulevard, Inverness Drive, Crestmoor Circle and Catalina Avenue.
Work will be done in Manor and Fairmont neighborhoods on Edgemar Avenue, Glencourt Way, Avalon Drive, Manor Drive, Heathcliff Drive, Skyline Boulevard, Inverness Drive, Glasgow Drive, Johnson Avenue and Oceana Boulevard in 2023-24.
In the final year, 2024-25, residents on Mori Point Road, Fairway Drive, Francisco Boulevard, Palmetto Avenue, Oceana Boulevard, Gypsy Hill Road, Paloma Avenue, Lundy Way, Moana Way and Clarendon Avenue will see improvements.
The city’s current “pavement condition index” is 46 out of 100, in the poor range, and one of the lowest in the Bay Area, Petersen said. Pacifica’s optimum number would be 85, Petersen said.
“Reasons for the city’s low PCI include the acquisition of incorrectly constructed county streets when Pacifica was incorporated and low investment levels due to years of city revenue growth not keeping pace with city expenditure growth,” she said.
About $3.5 million a year will be needed to maintain the current PCI. However, only $1.4 million a year will be spent every year for these five years. That will drop the PCI to 41. The money to pay for repairs will come from funds dedicated for that purpose from Measures A and W and Senate Bill 1. At the end of five years, 27 miles of streets will be improved.
Petersen said the investment now will keep some streets from falling into such disrepair that they are more expensive to repair later.
City Council also approved an agreement to pay $86,250 for a Pavement Utility Cut and Vehicle Impact Fee Study to NCE Consultants. The consultants will study whether large trucks are responsible for street pavement failures and develop a potential fee to charge the utilities and construction companies that cause wear and tear on the streets. The city’s gas tax maintenance fund has $197,500 in it to pay this consultant.
In order for the city to improve PCI, new strategies and revenue sources must be identified, city officials say. Funding options include creating facility districts, bond funding and tax increases, Petersen said.
One potential idea is to develop strategies through the purpose statement of “Vision 2025,” said Peterson.
“The more complicated and larger revenue-generating funding strategies for street maintenance will be components of the Vision 2025 scope of work and evaluated within the context of Pacifica’s numerous financial sustainability issues,” she said.