Engineering and Construction

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

In the City of Pasadena, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget process is managed by the Department of Public Works. This budget consists of projects aimed at improving the city’s public infrastructure such as streets, transportation issues, street lights, traffic signals, parks, public buildings, sewer and storm drains, the Rose Bowl, the Pasadena Center, technology and water and power projects.


The development of the CIP budget is a collaborative process. Every year the Department of Public Works sends out a “Call for New Projects” which provides the City Council, Commission members and City employees with a formal means for submitting new project ideas. The projects ideas are then reviewed and prioritized for possible inclusion in the CIP.


To qualify for the CIP, a project must have a total estimated cost of at least $75,000 and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Addresses a particular safety issue.
  • Existing maintenance efforts are no longer satisfactory to keep a facility in good repair.
  • Existing facility is no longer adequate to meet the demand.

Once a project idea is submitted, it is reviewed by the Finance and Management Services Division staff for completeness and to insure it qualifies as a CIP project. It is then put into one of the 14 CIP categories.

CIP Categories:
  1. Municipal Buildings and Facilities
  2. Street and Streetscapes
  3. Street Lighting
  4. Street Lighting and Electrical System Undergrounding
  5. Transportation
  6. Parking
  7. Sewers and Storm Drains
  8. Rose Bowl Improvements
  9. Parks and Landscaping
  10. Arroyo Projects
  11. Pasadena Center Improvements
  12. Water System
  13. Electric System
  14. Technology Projects
Projects are then sent to the appropriate Department for review and comment. Department staff reviews each project and prioritize them as high, medium or low.

Next, each Department prepares a preliminary cost estimate for the construction or implementation of the high priority projects. After the project costs have been developed, the appropriate department recommends how the new project will be integrated with the projects that are already planned. A high priority new project may require the postponement of an existing project. The department then recommends a funding plan for each project based upon the priorities. This list is reviewed and approved by the City Manager.

Recommended Budget

A City Manager’s Recommended CIP budget is prepared and sent to the appropriate citizens’ commissions/committees for review and support. The citizen groups and the categories they review are listed below:

At each commission meeting, as well as the Finance Committee and City Council meetings, citizens are invited and encouraged to participate in the CIP process. Before any votes of support are taken, public comment is heard and considered.

The City Manager’s Recommended CIP Budget, along with the comments and suggested changes of the citizen groups, is then presented to the City Council’s Finance Committee. The Finance Committee reviews the City Manager’s Recommended CIP in detail, considers comments and recommendations from citizens’ commissions, and makes a final budget recommendation to the full City Council. The City Council holds a public hearing to review and discuss the City Manager’s Recommended CIP. At the conclusion of the public hearing the City Council votes to adopt a Capital Improvement Program.

Call for Projects

Capital Improvement Survey

Capital Improvement Survey

Fill out the form below to suggest a project.



Engineering Services

The Engineering Division provides the engineering and contract administration for street and bridge improvements, sanitary sewer and storm drain projects, street light and traffic signal systems, and park and landscape projects for the City. It administers the utility underground program for the City.

One of our most visible projects is the construction of the Pasadena Gold Line. Specific functions range from surveying, design, and right of way engineering to construction inspection of construction projects within the public right of way.

This division also includes permit administration and inspection for all activities within the public right of way, responding to developers as well as other agencies and the general public, coordinating activities and administering consultant contracts, and preparation of studies and reports, legal descriptions and other right of way documents and exhibits for the City Council, City Manager, and other departments.

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Preventive Maintenance of Streets – 2017/18 Project

On July 23, 2018, the City of Pasadena will award the Preventive Maintenance of Streets – 2017/18 Project to Hardy & Harper, Inc. Hardy & Harper is scheduled to be working between October 2018 and January 2019.

Colorado Street Bridge Taskforce

In June 2017, the City installed 10-foot-high fencing around the benched alcoves of the bridge, as a temporary measure to help dissuade illegal actions by people intent on harming themselves. The City is now seeking a responsibly designed permanent feature.

Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal Project

The Los Angeles County Flood Control District (LACFCD) has proposed a project to remove sediment that has collected behind the Devil’s Gate Dam.

2017 CMP Storm Drain Relining & Point Repairs

The rehabilitation of 900 lineal feet of existing corrugated metal pipe storm drains through a process of steam cured-in-place pipe relining.

Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation

In 2002, after extensive community input and City Commission review, the City Council adopted the Robinson Park Master Plan to renovate Robinson Park, which involved an expansion and improvement of the existing park and will include a substantial rehabilitation of the existing recreation center.

2017 Slurry Seal of Streets

The slurry seal of eight miles of streets which will reduce water infiltration, minimize oxidation, increase skid resistance, and improve the overall aesthetics of asphalt pavement.

Various Storm Drain Catch Basin Repairs

Repair and rehabilitation of storm drain catch basins at various locations citywide which can include new catch basin decks, protection bars, debris removal, and installation of full-capture basin inserts which prevents trash from entering the storm drain system and polluting the ocean.

2017 Sewer Relining & Point Repairs

The rehabilitation of 18,500 lineal feet of sewer mains varying in size from 8- to 10-inches using a process of UV Light cured-in-place pipe relining. The project also includes approximately 200-feet of repairs to broken and cracked sewer main segments or segments with severe joint offsets.

2018 Miscellaneous Concrete Repairs

The removal & repair of over 55,000 square feet of sidewalk in addition to new ADA curb ramps, curb and gutter, drive aprons, cross gutters, and catch basin local depressions.

La Loma Bridge Project

The La Loma Bridge, constructed in 1914 underwent a seismic retrofit and rehabilitation. The construction began in Summer 2015 and the bridge reopened on Saturday June 24th.

Resurfacing of Hill Ave Between North City Limit & Maple St. Project

On July 24, 2017, the City of Pasadena will award the Resurfacing of Hill Avenue between North City Limit and Maple Street project to Hardy & Harper, Inc. Hardy & Harper is scheduled to be working between September 2017 and November 2017.  The resurfacing of Hill Ave with a new layer of rubberized asphalt also included construction of ADA curb ramps, sidewalk, curb and gutter, new traffic striping and completed the City’s multi-year undergrounding project for Hill Ave.

ADA Compliance Plan

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Plan

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The ADA is a comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. It is also a declaration of equality for people with disabilities, including the statement of congressional intent “to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” It broadly protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment, access to State and local government services, places of public accommodation, transportation, and other important areas of life. For more information

The Transition Plan contains information and updates to structural modifications needed to make services and programs in City facilities accessible to people with disabilities. For additional information about accessibility and disability services, visit the Department of Human Services & Recreation.

The Compliance Plan is successor to the 2010-2015 ADA Transition Plan (Transition Plan). The purpose of the 2017-2021 Accessibility Compliance Plan (Compliance Plan) is to guide the City in continuing to make services and programs in City facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

Transition Plan For Structural Changes – Final Report – November 2009

ADA Transition Plan – Table of Contents – November 2009

ADA Transition Plan – Facility Report – November 2009

ADA Compliance Plan Progress Reports

Colorado Street Bridge

Colorado Street Bridge Taskforce

In June 2017, the City installed 10-foot-high fencing around the benched alcoves of the bridge, as a temporary measure to help dissuade illegal actions by people intent on harming themselves. The City is now seeking a responsibly designed permanent feature.