Town Of Moraga

2015 Pavement Reconstruction Project - General Information

General Information:
This year's Pavement Reconstruction Project is Phase III and will include reconstruction of 10 street segments. Phase I repairs included localized patches, crack sealing, asphalt rubber cape seal, microsurfacing, and refreshing striping. Phase II in 2014 addressed streets in poor condition that will need rehabilitation. Phase III in 2015 will focus more on streets in very poor condition that need reconstruction.   For more information about the repairs, please see our FAQ below.

The Town of Moraga received grant funding of $106,840 from the California Department of Resources Recycling and recovery (CalRecyle). The rubber used in the rubberized hot mix asphalt in the 2015 Pavement Repair Project will divert a total of 17,000 tires from going to California landfills or stockpiles. 
Prior to construction, please expect :
  • A notice from the Town to all affected residents regarding the upcoming work 1 to 2 weeks before construction begins.
  • Please pay close attention to signs on and around your street indicating when street closures may occur and plan accordingly.
During Construction, please expect:
  • The repairs include hot mix asphalt (HMA), rubberized hot mix asphalt (RHMA), curb ramps, and minor curb and gutter repairs.
  • Street closures may occur any time between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
  • Please do not park or drive on streets if construction signage indicates that the street will be closed.
  • Please observe temporary posted speed signs (typically 15 MPH).
  • To avoid tracking asphalt onto your driveways and property, please pay attention to contractor signage and wait until the street has been cleared for access.
Top 5 Questions from 2014:

1. Will I be able to get in and out of my driveway while the work is occurring?

Yes. You will be able to get in and out of your driveway most of the time. The only time you might not be able to get in and out is when we are paving right in front of your driveway. At that time, you may need to wait a few hours for the pavement to cool prior to driving over it. Work with the paving crew and they will help you get in or out if it is necessary.

2. It is garbage day. Will I be able to put out my garbage when there are “No Parking” signs on my street?

Yes, you can put your garbage cans in the street during this time. Garbage and mail service will remain the same during the project.

3. There are “No Parking” signs on my street with dates that range over the weekend. I have an event at my house this weekend. Will people be able to park on my street?

Yes. You can park on your street during the weekend. The “No Parking” restrictions are only Monday thru Friday 8am to 5pm.

4. The schedule on the website does not match the dates on the “No Parking” signs on my street?

The contractor sent out a two week notice identifying a three week period for work to occur on your street. Then the contractor posted “No Parking” signs on your street for a week to two week period within that range for actual work. We have three types of operations occurring in this first time period- base repairs, grinding of the street surface, and concrete repairs. The contractor will sometimes perform the work ahead of schedule or be delayed, so check the “No Parking” signs for exact dates.

5. The contractor was on my street doing some repairs but did not do the final paving? Are they done?

No. The contractor is performing initial repairs in the street. This includes concrete repairs, placing curb ramps, and grinding the street in preparation for final paving. Final paving is scheduled to begin around September 16th. The contractor will repost for “No Parking” prior to the final paving work.

Where is the money coming from?

Moraga Voters approved Measure K in November 2012 which increased the local sales tax by 1 cent (or 1%), effective July 1, 2013 for 20 years. Currently, all funds collected from the sales tax increase go towards street improvements in Moraga.

Will I be able to drive on my street during work hours?

During base repair, crack sealing, and concrete repair work, only lane closures will occur. You will still be able to drive on your street since these repairs are localized. For milled streets, you will still be able to drive on your street. However, the road surface will be rough. The asphalt overlay will occur up to seven days after the milling.

Where will I park my car while the work is being done?

You may park your car along adjacent streets that do not have barricades while work is being performed. The contractor will place "No Parking" signs on barricades at least three working days prior. The signs will clearly show the dates and times of the proposed parking restrictions.

How and when will I know when my street will be fixed?

A 3-week look ahead of construction items, location and schedule will be available on the Measure K website (you are here!) or visit the Facebook page which provides daily updates. Finally, construction notification signs will be placed on the street approximately five (5) days prior to the start of work. Construction signs will also be placed three days prior to notify residents of parking restrictions. If the contractor needs to reschedule work on your street, signs will indicate the new work date 2 days in advance of the rescheduled date.

Why did my street get picked and not my neighbor's?

The Town has approximately $7.72M (30%) of needed up front Measure K leveraged funds to address a backlog of $25M worth of paving work.  In order to maximize the Town’s dollars to preserve the Town’s entire network of pavement in the best condition, the Town relies heavily on pavement asset management software to preliminarily select candidate streets for further evaluation.  Unfortunately, not all streets will be treated with these up front Measure K leveraged funds.  The goal for selecting streets for this year’s project is to reconstruct streets that are in very poor to failed condition and are in need of a deeper pavement treatment to repair the extensive pavement failures.   Your street was selected by our software for this year’s project because it is in very poor to failed condition, which makes it eligible for pavement reconstruction.  Three other streets in failed condition are planned for reconstruction in summer of 2016.  

My street is on the list, but is there a specific date on when the work will be done?

If you visit our Facebook, there will be regular updates on which streets will be worked on. We will provide a 3-week look ahead on a weekly basis. Additionally, construction notification signs will be placed on the street approximately three (3) days prior to the start of work. If the contractor needs to reschedule work on your street, signs will indicate the new work date two (2) days in advance of the rescheduled date.

What is the time frame of this project?

The 2015 Pavement Repair Project will start in July 2015 and completed by the end of October.  These dates will be revised as more detailed information becomes available.

What are the work hours?

The work hours will be from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. No work is planned on weekends or on holidays (i.e., Labor Day). Partial and full lane closures should be expected during these working hours (for more detailed information see question addressing what to expect during construction.)

What should I expect during construction? (2015)

Construction consists of two phases: Pavement Milling/Removal and Paving.
During preparation, only partial road closures are generally expected. Streets will receive one or more of the following prior to treatment:
Milling/Removal (i.e., digging out) – During the pavement removal, full road closures are expected. The older and failed pavement will be removed by use of large milling machines to make room for the new asphalt. The amoutn of pavement to be removed will be on the order of 4 to 5 inches deep from the existing surface. The milled surface will be rough and result in an elevation difference which will be bridge with short, temporary pavement wedges to allow cars and other vehicles to safely drive on the road and into driveways. The milled surface will sweep excess grindings that occur during the milling process. Please drive slowly as there may be gravel-like material on the milled surface.
Paving – The asphalt paving phase will require full road closures (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM).  Every street on this year’s list will receive an asphalt pavement overlay.  The asphalt overlay is a liquid asphalt binder premixed with aggregate, which is placed and compacted on the street surface.  To avoid tracking asphalt material onto your driveways and property, please pay attention to construction signs and wait until the street has been cleared for access.  Because the streets are digging out 4 to 5 inches of the old pavement, the new pavement will be placed in two layers on separate days. 

When driving in construction areas, please pay close attention to all construction signs and directives from construction workers, including speed limits.  Please do not park or drive on streets if construction signage indicates that the street will be closed.  Driving on streets before they are opened will result in possible defects in the new pavement and pavement materials tracked onto your driveway and home.

Note: Emergency services will have access to all streets no matter what construction is occurring at all times.

Who should I contact if I have a problem during the construction? (2015)

Please contact the Project Construction Manager, David Latona at or (925) 817-8091. Town staff, contractors, and the project designers will be holding two Town Hall meetings on July 25, 2015 at the Mosaic Room of the Hacienda de las Flores at 2100 Donald Drive. The meetings will be held at 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM.

How long will the new treatment last?

Generally, reconstruction of the pavement surface lasts 15 to 20 years and sometimes longer with proper preventative maintenance.

My question was not addressed in this FAQ. Who can I contact?

Please contact the Public Works Department at or at (925) 888-7026.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers for our door-to-door outreach and informational program. The Town of Moraga will hold an orientation for volunteers at 6 PM on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Dance Room of the Hacienda de las Flores (2100 Donald Drive). The orientation will cover all components of the pavement repair program, including volunteer duties and frequently asked questions. Door-to-door outreach will be performed between June 15th and 19th . If you would like to volunteer for our project outreach, please fill in this form. If you have any questions or concerns about volunteering, please contact Lawrence Tam at Thanks!