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. 


In 2017, the technical advisory committee (TAC), composed of members from the impacted utilities and one member of the Public Works Department, reviewed multiple areas nominated by the district nominating board (DNB) before creating two proposed districts that are now open to the public for further comment and will ultimately go to the City Council for approval.


Along Otis Drive from High Street to Broadway Street including streets south of Otis Drive (i.e. Pearl Street, Versailles Avenue, Mound Street, Waterton Street and Court Street); AND along Broadway Street from La Jolla to Encinal Avenue.


All Webster Street crossings from Taylor Avenue to Buena Vista Avenue including Eagle Avenue, west of Constitution Way; AND along Central Avenue from Eighth Street to Webster Street.

Click here for a map of the proposed areas...


A town hall meeting, which was was held on February 28, 2017, provided details on the undergrounding program and the potential projects at the Otis/Broadway and Webster Crossings areas.


  • In 2017, the district nominating board (DNB), made up of four members of the public and one member of the Public Works Department, reviewed dozens of proposed areas and made recommendations. 

  • The technical advisory committee (TAC) met to examine the technical feasibility of moving lines underground.

  • In the coming months, the TAC will present the recommended underground utility districts to the City Council for approval.
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