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Types of Projects & Design Criteria

Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk

The Curb, Gutter, and Sidewalk Reconstruction project improves damaged and/or deteriorated concrete infrastructure for the safety of the general public. The reconstruction locations are determined from a list compiled by the Public Works Department Engineering and Maintenance Services Divisions. The locations with the highest rating will be the highest priority for reconstruction based on available funding.

Curb, Gutter, & Sidewalk Reconstruction Criteria:

  • The fronting residence/business/institution
  • The height of the concrete displacement
  • Tree mitigation
  • Sanitation


This category includes projects that don’t fall under the other categories on this website. The types of projects include those located at various City facilities such as City Hall, Police, Fire, Airport, Transportation Center. Also included are bike paths.


The City usually contracts out several parks projects in each fiscal year. The types of projects include trail improvements, pool improvements, building renovations, and other general park development.


The Sewer Replacement and Sewer Lining programs are part of the City's continuing efforts to upgrade, repair, and rehabilitate deficient and/or deteriorated sewer pipe within the City's Sanitary sewer system. The Public Works Department Engineering and Maintenance Services Division compiles a list of locations in need of upgrade or repair.

Sewer Replacement Criteria:

  • Condition of the pipe
  • History of maintenance problems
  • Capacity of the pipe to meet current and future usage demands


As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our streets, the City has utilized a Pavement Management Program (PMP) to manage its 66 center miles of Master Plan of Arterial Highways (MPAH) network since year 2000 and 224 center miles of local streets since 2011. The MPAH roads are updated every two years and locals every six years per Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) guidelines. The City usually contracts out one to two arterial street rehabilitation projects in each fiscal year and two to three phases of the residential street projects.

Annual Street Rehabilitation Projects Selection Criteria:

  • PCI, Pavement Condition Index Scores
  • ADT, Average Daily Traffic
  • Maintenance Service Orders
  • Matching Grant Fund
  • Coincide with water, sewer and/or drainage projects
  • Participation of other jurisdictions

Residential street reconstruction or rehabilitation is currently done in conjunction with sewer and water replacement projects. Streets that have been scheduled for sewer and/or water replacement will also be evaluated for street reconstruction or rehabilitation. See the Sewer or Water Section for a list of current projects in design and construction.

Storm Drain

The Storm Drain program is part of the continuing infrastructure improvement effort to reduce flooding in roads and protect private properties. The locations are determined from the City's Master Plan of Drainage Report that identifies existing deficient storm drains and new locations where storm drains are needed. The locations are also determined from reported drainage problems and field investigations.

Storm Drain Criteria:

  • High storm flow where there is no existing storm drain
  • Existing storm drains that are undersized
  • Existing storm drains that are deteriorated and need repair


 The Traffic Signal Synchronization Program is a multi-jurisdictional endeavor to maintain traffic signal synchronization, improve traffic flow, and reduce congestion on arterial corridors countywide.

Traffic Signal Synchronization Criteria:

  • Signals and arterials selected are identified within the County Master Plan of Arterial Highways. 
  • Quantifiable benefits must be attained; i.e. improve the level of service, reduce delay, establish a coordinated system.
  • A minimum requirement of six multi-jurisdictional signals is required to comprise a viable linked system. 
  • Arterials/signals selected are in need of new timing & coordination, system detection upgrades, adaptive control system improvements, or established communication links.
  • Eligible arterials must not have received funding assistance within the past 5-years.


The Water Main Replacement program is part of our continuing efforts to repair deteriorated infrastructure and to provide a safe and reliable source of water for our citizens. The City replaces 1.5 miles of pipeline each fiscal year. The locations are determined from a list that is compiled by the Public Works Department Engineering and Maintenance Services Divisions. Besides the water main replacement program, the City rehabilitates other infrastructure such as reservoirs and pump stations on an as needed basis.

Water Main Replacement Criteria:

  • Water main break history
  • Water main material
  • Water main age
  • Undersized water main
  • Poor hydraulic model results
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