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Undergrounding Utility Lines

Removing overhead utility lines is one of the most noticeable improvements a neighborhood can make. Wires, poles and other equipment can obscure the beautiful scenery of our island community.

Undergrounding of utilities consists of placing overhead main lines and service lines, including telephone, electric, cable television and other telecommunications, underground in a trench.

The City of Alameda has had an underground utility program since 1984 and about half of the city’s overhead wires have been moved underground. But there’s still more work to do.


District Nomination Board Meetings


June 30, 2016 6 pm - AMP Service Center Meeting agenda and materials...
July 19, 2016 6 pm - AMP Service Center Click here for the agenda...
August 4, 2016 6 pm - AMP Service Center Click here for the agenda and materials...
September 22, 2016 6 pm - AMP Service Center Click here for agenda and materials...
October 13, 2016 6 pm - AMP Service Center Agenda NA

Priorities for Selecting Underground Utility Districts

This list is a working list and no priority or approval should be assumed. The list will continue to be updated as the DNB meets. Per the policy, the priorities for selecting underground utility districts is as follows:

To maximize public benefit, the two-tiered, prioritized criteria below will be considered when establishing or selecting areas for undergrounding overhead utility lines. However, under City Council direction, any area where overhead utility lines are located in streets, roads, or rights-of-way may be included in an Underground Utility District for engineering, operating, or economic reasons.

1. TIER 1

a. Road Classification - Aerial facilities located along and adjacent to six (6) classifications of roadway as defined by Public Work’s street classification system as having the greatest trip length, traffic volume and most through traffic. These classifications in descending order include: regional artery, island artery, transitional artery, island collector, transitional collector, and local.

b. Heavy Concentration of Aerial Facilities - AMP distribution poles supporting multiple connections to each pole, street crossings and visual impact.

c. Areas of Civic, Historical, Recreational or Scenic Interest - Aerial facilities that encumber the frontage or immediate surrounding proximity of civic, historical, scenic or recreational areas and whose presence degrades the natural beauty or environmental relevance of these areas.

d. Deteriorated Facilities - AMP distribution poles or aerial facilities that are nearing or exceeded their useful life as determined by AMP’s asset management and inspection program and are scheduled for replacement.

2. Tier 2

a. Foliage - AMP distribution poles and facilities that are encumbered by trees. Elements of consideration are tree density, height, projected growth, age, and resiliency to line trimming.

b. Coordination with other City Projects - Proposed underground district that encompasses or coordinates with planned and/or outstanding Public Works or other City department projects that would benefit from undergrounding.

c. Interconnectivity to Existing Underground - Proposed underground district would originate from and/or terminate into, existing underground facility(ies).


About the Underground Utility District (UUD) Nomination Board

The Underground Utilities District Nomination Board is responsible for nominating a set of districts in the city for undergrounding power lines and equipment. 

The District Nomination Board will make the initial nomination of proposed districts. The board is composed of four members of the public and one member from the Public Works Department. The board’s recommendation will go to a Technical Advisory Committee for evaluation. The committee will then make recommendations on districts to the City Council, for its determination.

AMP, which administers the city’s undergrounding program, plans to start construction in the districts in fiscal year 2018, after the public process is complete and districts have been chosen. A survey and town hall meeting will be planned to provide the public with opportunities to comment on the recommended districts. 

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