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Street and Pothole Repair

Councilmember Lorie Zapf is committed to ensuring that street and pothole repair are a top priority for the City Council. As a member of the City’s Infrastructure Committee, she has been leading the charge to streamline road repair and dedicate funding to this neglected need. 

Pothole Repair

  • Pothole Performance Audit - After receiving neighborhood complaints, Councilmember Zapf supported a performance audit of the City’s pothole filling program which found waste and an ineffective process. Reforming this program resulted in a more efficient pothole program with better oversight and improved customer service. Full Report Here

  • Get It Done Application – Councilmember Zapf supports the San Diego Get It Done app which allows residents to request street repairs and neighborhood services faster, including potholes. This new system allows users to use their iPhone or Android to report potholes in real time and get updates on repair progress.

  • Over 20,000 Potholes Filled – Thanks to new innovative programs, reforms, and dedicated crews, District Two has had over 20,000 potholes filled since 2014.

Street Repaving Program

Councilmember Zapf has made street repair a top priority for District 2.

  • 85+ Miles of Street Repair - Since December of 2014, there have been over 85 miles of street repair within Council District 2. 
Second District

Pothole and Road Repair

(Source: Transportation and Stormwater Department)
Time Frame Potholes Repaired Miles of Street Repaired

Dec 2014 - June 2015









FY2018 (to present)






Types of Street Repair

  • Asphalt Paving / Overlay / Inlay - Asphalt paving is the placement of a new layer of asphalt at a thickness of 1.5 to 3 inches. Overlay consists of edge grinding typically 4 feet wide from the curb and gutter and placement of 1.5 inches of asphalt curb to curb. Overlay is typically used when a thicker street section is needed. Most paving contracts consist of Inlay. Inlay consists of removal of the existing asphalt surface via milling to a depth of 2 to 3 inches depending on street classification and ADT. These types of capital repairs are contracted out to private paving companies.
  • Slurry Sealing - Slurry sealing is a seal coat treatment which consists of sand, emulsion, and water applied in a thin layer up to a 3/8 of an inch thick across the street surface. A slurry seal coating is used to preserve the state of asphalt pavements in fair to good condition. As part of this process, crack sealing and occasional surface repairs can be recommended by pavement specialists prior to sealing. Since 1998, Street Division has utilized a rubberized slurry seal. This material incorporates rubber from recycled tires, retains a darker finish longer and is a more resilient coating product.
  • Concrete Replacement – Unlike asphalt, concrete streets cannot be resurfaced and need to be completely reconstructed. Repairs to concrete streets range from patching with asphalt to removal and replacement of isolated concrete panels or complete reconstruction of the entire roadway. Page 9 Infrastructure Committee September 22, 2016 Street Reconstruction – Once a street's pavement exhibits visible signs of several distresses and its OCI has fallen below 25, the street most likely requires reconstruction. This is fundamentally because the base layers under the asphalt need to be replaced and recompacted before new pavement can be applied. A majority of the streets in the poor condition require this type of repair. Reconstruction is more costly than asphalt paving.
  • Minor Asphalt and Concrete Repair - These types of street repairs are usually less than one block in length and are performed by City maintenance staff. Examples of repairs in this category are pothole patching, small asphalt paving (100 to 5,000 square feet), concrete street and alley repairs, and cross-gutter repairs.

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