The City of Santa Barbara restructured our Streets Division with the goal of designing a more productive streets maintenance program. We looked at the productivity of all our tasks, and assessed the value for each task. Our goal was to maximize the productivity of high value tasks performed by Streets crews. Using computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) data, we developed unit cost estimates for all our activities. We determined what tasks were best suited for our crews and for contractors to perform.
We prioritized our Streets Crew paving program, which provided the highest value of work per full-time employee, and provided the most value to the community, producing more streets paved as part of our annual pavement maintenance program.
In the last 12 months, our streets crews have paved 1.5 million square feet or 88 blocks of City streets varying from 8″ to 2″ overlays with some road reconstruction. The crews also performed deep lift repairs ahead of contractor paving projects, saving considerable costs for that effort. This program is improving our Pavement Condition Index and meeting our community priorities for the maintenance of Streets infrastructure determined by the passage of our new infrastructure funding ballot measure–Measure C.