Posted on: June 14, 2017

Why Did Gilroy Repair THAT Street?

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You may have seen crews out repairing select sections of Gilroy’s streets.  Crews are currently working on 3rd Street, Miller Avenue, Welburn Avenue, 6th Street, Princevalle Street and Murray Avenue and plan to start work on neighborhood roads in the 3rd Street, Miller Avenue and Uvas Park Drive area in the next few weeks.  We are aware that these are only a select few of the roads that need repair within our town.  We are also aware that there are many roads and many sections of roads that are in greater disrepair than the sections of roads mentioned. 

When selecting streets for repair, staff takes multiple factors into account including but not limited to, Pavement Condition Index (PCI), usage of road, long term benefit of repair, cost of repair, budget and funding sources.

Pavement Conditional Index inspections are conducted every two years and assign a rating of 0 to 100 to each area, 100 being good condition and 0 being poorest condition.  Staff then inputs this data along with available budget numbers into a computer program which, based on mathematical models, generates a list of streets for repair that will have the biggest increase in average PCI throughout all of Gilroy and minimize deferred maintenance costs.  Staff then takes this suggestion and adjusts the list as needed using their local knowledge of Gilroy and the streets which are most travelled, thereby selecting roads for maintenance which will benefit the most people.

Unfortunately, we have some streets in Gilroy that are in such disrepair, that they require a complete overhaul and would require large sums of money to repair.  On the other hand, we have a lot of streets that are in disrepair, but at a stage where we can not only save them, but extend their life by completing a simpler repair.  By repairing the streets that are not yet in extreme disrepair, we can increase the overall driveability of our town by covering more area with the fixed budget.  This method also saves money in the long run, as the streets that are being “saved” won’t fall into the extreme disrepair category that would require an extensive amount of work and money to replace. 

Now this doesn’t mean that the streets that are in extreme disrepair don’t need work.  They need a lot of work and a lot of funding for that work.  Many cities in California are feeling this same crunch, with roads in disrepair and budgets that cannot account for the work that needs to be done.  The good news is that we will soon be receiving funding for road repair through Measure B and SB1.  These funds will alleviate some of the budget crunch we are feeling; unfortunately, we will still fall short of the funding needing to repair all of the streets in disrepair in our town.  City Council continues to look for ways to increase the funding for street repair within our town.  In the meantime, we hope you will slow down, drive safely, and obey construction area signs around our crews as they continue to work on our roads, and thanks for your cooperation while we improve your city streets.


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