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Bike Path Maintenance
The Streets and Parks Divisions are responsible for the maintenance of 53 total miles of bike path throughout the City of Merced. 

Every Tuesday the bike paths are swept of debris.  To report a pothole, overgrown bush, or other bike path issues, call the Public Works Department at (209) 385-6800.  

Public Works Bike Path Maintenance & Repair Program
Public Works strives to maintain safe and reliable City bike ways.  Below are the steps taken when an issue is identified.

Problem Areas Identified:
1. Customer reports a damaged bike path.
2. City staff identifies damage during daily work schedule.
3. Damages may also be identified by staff during routine inspection of a customer request or when other divisions - i.e. Tree & Utility Crews - identify the need during other maintenance operations.

Inspection After Identification
1. When complaint or request is received into the Public Works office, a work order is generated.
2. The problem area is inspected by the supervisor or a crew to determine the extent of damage.
3. After determining the severity of the hazard work will be scheduled either with other work in the area or scheduled to be repaired as a single repair project.
4. Customer is contacted as to the decision made after inspection.
5. Every effort will be made to include as many damaged sites within a two-block radius to maximize use of staff and equipment.

Repair Method & Standards
1. Removal and replacement of damaged bike path.
2. Root pruning.
3. Replacement of path way to meet City Engineering Standard SCG-1.
4. Ramping of lifted areas will be done using a special formulated cold patch asphalt to minimize raveling and will be completed as soon as possible.
(Note: Before grinding, a determination is made that grinding will result in a finished product that will last more than 1 year.)
    4a. If grinding will not give greater than a one-year life, ramping will be done with a cold patch method, using a special formulated cold patch asphalt to minimize raveling. 
    4b. Ramped areas are then placed on future work schedules for permanent repairs.

             
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