“We’re trying to find more money – we probably could have spent $1.5 million, but we had to cut it back because we didn’t have the extra cash on hand to do that much work,” he said.
“We’re always aware we could spend more and do more streets, but I think we are covering the streets that are in the worst shape,” he added.
The street resurfacing program pulls from the city’s General Fund, and so relies on the council finding surplus funds after establishing its preliminary budget.
In addition, in 2009 and 2010 the city received a total of $830,000 in federal stimulus and transportation funds to help with the effort, but has received no state or federal funding in the last two years.
In 2011, a county survey judged La Cañada roads to be in good condition, earning 77 points of a possible 100. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works is currently performing a new pavement evaluation, according to City Engineer Ying Kwan.
Kwan said the city is currently putting together a list of streets that will benefit from the next planned resurfacing, to take place during the winter of 2013.
Spence said problem streets, including Haskell Street, would be included in the next resurfacing.
Resurfacing a street involves grinding the existing asphalt roadway down and replacing it with a new asphalt overlay of the same thickness.
Resurfacing streets allows the city to prevent roadway failures, which require much more costly reconstruction work involving scraping down to the native surface and building back the road, curbs, gutters and sidewalks.
One road project is getting special attention this year. The city set aside $100,000 for the design phase of reconstruction for Woodleigh Lane from Foothill Boulevard to Berkshire Avenue, a distance of a half-mile. Woodleigh has been resurfaced so many times that is now beyond repair and must be totally reconstructed, according to a city report. The construction cost of the project won’t be known until the design is completed, Kwan said.