Orinda has 119 miles of roads.  93 miles of these roads are public roads maintained by the City and 26 miles are private roads maintained by the residents living on those roads with, for the most part, no participation by the City.

The City breaks its roads down into classifications by usage

   • Arterials - the most heavily traveled roads
   • Collectors - transition between residential streets and arterials
   • School Routes - not used enough to be considered collectors but with higher priority for repair
   • Residential Streets

One quarter of Orinda's residential streets (26 miles) are privately maintained by the residents.  These residents pay the same taxes as their neighbors on publicly maintained roads; and they pay the same garbage rates which generate $385,000in franchise fees; but they receive no public support to maintain their streets.

It must be noted, however, that the people living on the 64 miles of publicly maintained Residential Streets are receiving little public support to maintain their streets, either.  In May 2008, the City's Citizens Infrastructure Oversight Commission (CIOC) presented to the City Council a recommendation that prioritized repairs and maintenance towards the City's most highly utilized streets (designated "Common Roads" in the table below).  The City Council accepted their recommendation.  This was a logical recommendation as over 90% of all vehicle miles driven in the City is on these 29 miles of roads.  Proper utilization of our scarce tax dollars demands that these streets be maintained first and best.

Virtually all funds since then have gone to rebuilding this 29 mile section of streets.  Within 5 years they should be fully rehabilitated but then, since the $1 million road budget is only 40% of what is needed to maintain the fully 93 mile system, that entire amount will be needed to maintain this 29 mile segment of the system.

However, with the passage of the 1/2 cent sales tax in 2012 and the $20 million road bond in 2014, the funds from those taxes are now going to residential streets. But with a $66 million backlog of projects, much more is needed.

  Miles Poor
or Failed 
Arterials 11 0.6 5%
Collectors 15 4.5 9%
School Routes 3 1.0 3%
    Common Roads 29 6.1 17%
Residential Streets 64 37.3 64%
    Total Public Roads 93 43.4 81%
Private Streets 26 n/a 19%
     Total Road System 119 100%