As we approach the holiday season, the La Verne Public Works Department remains hard at work to keep our local roads smooth and safe. In addition to completing ongoing projects, the department has spent the past year planning, designing and beginning construction on various street improvement and repair projects.
“The quality of our streets and roads is vital to providing safe connectivity in La Verne,” said Mayor Tim Hepburn. “One of the many reasons La Verne is a great place to live is largely due to the work our Public Works Department does to keep our local roads polished for our community to utilize and enjoy.”
La Verne’s road conditions are among the highest rated cities in Los Angeles County, with the citywide Pavement Condition Index (PCI) at 80.2 out of 100. Due to the City’s consistent allocation of resources and proactive rehabilitation practices, over 70% of the City’s road segments are in “Good” or “Very Good” condition.
The Public Works Department has implemented proactive pavement management practices and completed three major maintenance projects in the last six months, making residents' commutes more serene. The first project repaved streets along Country Club Drive and Monterey Street in North La Verne, while another project rehabilitated segments of road surface along 5th Street, 6th Street, 7th Street, C Street and Peyton Street. In October 2022, the City completed a grind and overlay project along Hormel Drive and Ramona Avenue, which replaced the top layer of the road surface with fresh asphalt. These types of projects enhance road uniformity and protect the underlying structure.
To manage street repair projects across the City, the Public Works Department staff prioritizes potential maintenance projects to maximize their finite resources. Staff members use a variety of factors to determine the City’s road maintenance schedule. This typically includes balancing road condition and usage with budget, costs, staffing levels and traffic impacts. To assist them in prioritizing the repairs, the department uses high-powered technologies to analyze each of these components. With precise estimates, staff members are able to compare the pros and cons of different projects to determine the best course of action for the City.
The Public Works Department will continue rehabilitating streets throughout the City and anticipates implementing upgrades to two of La Verne’s major thoroughfares in 2023 and is expected to extend into 2024. The first project will repave segments of 6th Street, Bonita Avenue, Moss Circle and connecting streets, while the second project will repave White Avenue from Foothill Boulevard to Arrow Highway.
“When completed, these projects will improve residents’ commuting experience,” said Maintenance Manager Clay Jarvinen. “These regular improvements reduce the cost of future maintenance and ensure La Verne’s roads are of the highest quality.”
To learn more about the City’s Public Works Department, please visit the City’s website. To report a maintenance issue in the City, please use the City’s online service request portal, 24/7 City Hall.
Contact: Anthony Ciotti, Interim Public Works Director
Telephone: (909) 596-8741