Street Paving Explained: Check the Street Where You Live

The Bureau of Street Services inspected Temescal Canyon Road at Bowdoin in June 2021. The condition of the road, which is a major thoroughfare, is rated poor.

A reader wrote: “Curious: Who makes the decisions and using what criteria for re-surfacing our streets (asphalt slurry sealant)?

“It seems as if our area gets treated quite frequently while other areas (of the city) not so much.”

In a February story, (…alisades-streets/) Circling the News spoke to Noah Fleishman, who was then a field deputy for Councilman Mike Bonin. He has since been promoted to District Director.

Fleishman explained that “The Bureau of Street Services (BSS) determines what streets most need to be repaved based on the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) score of the street. This system is designed to be equitable, economical, and efficient.”

According to the Bureau of Street Services, about 69,000 pavement segments were inventoried and entered into a computer database, by an automated van that took digital images of the street surface and lasers to capture roadway roughness. That information is fed into Micro PAVER, which calculates a PCI.

CTN asked Fleishman if there was a site that residents could go to see a street’s ranking. Go to:

  1. In the search box in the upper right hand, type: Temescal and Sunset
    2. Click on the Table of Contents icon.
    3. On the left side of the screen, click on Bureau of Street services for the drop-down menu, and click on pavement conditions.

The current assessment notes that there about 1,000 miles of failed streets in Los Angeles and about 3,000 miles require resurfacing. The City give the overall system a C grade.

On the Bureau’s web site (, it explains that 80 percent of all resurfacing dollars are spent on normal resurfacing, and the other 20 percent goes to failed roadways. “These dollars have to be spread over the entire 6500-mile street network system to save as many streets as possible before they fail,” according to street surfaces.

Many people in Pacific Palisades complain that the same streets in the Huntington Palisades seem to be paved over and over again.

Street services explains that “As part of normal maintenance 3-5 years after a street is resurfaced, a slurry seal application is applied to prevent water penetration into the asphalt. This inhibits oxidation of the oils from the pavement, deters asphalt cracking, prevents water from seeping into the sub-base, and extends the serviceable life of the street, thereby reducing the need for repaving.”

To see the streets currently listed for repaving or preservation in Pacific Palisades, visit:


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One Response to Street Paving Explained: Check the Street Where You Live

  1. Pam Mann says:

    I wonder how environmentally friendly the slurry seal application is? If we’re trying to reduce heat build up, this doesn’t seem to be the product to use.

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