Thursday, March 14, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – In response to severe winter storms that wreaked havoc on San Diego’s roadways, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Monica Montgomery to announce a major expansion of the City’s pothole repair program to fill thousands of potholes that developed during heavy rains over the past few months.
Mayor Faulconer has reprioritized resources to nearly triple the number of pothole repair teams from nine to 26 crews per day. These two-person crews will be working extended hours and on weekends to make repairs following one of the wettest winters in recent memory.
“Our roads took a beating from repeated storms so we’re going to take advantage of this dry spell to fill as many potholes as we can,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We’ve heard San Diegans loud and clear and we’re making this a top priority. That means more crews in every neighborhood filling more potholes than ever before.”
The City typically fills about 30,000 potholes each fiscal year. This fiscal year crews have fixed 25,000 and counting in less than nine months – on pace to far exceed a typical year.
“The condition of our streets has been a long-standing concern of our residents. I am happy to join Mayor Faulconer as our City crews work to fill the annual 2,500 potholes in our district making roads safer and more drivable for residents,” Councilmember Montgomery said. “I want to thank our Streets Division crews for executing this important quality-of-life work.”
San Diegans are encouraged to make repair requests through the City’s Get It Done application via smartphone or computer.
In October 2018, Mayor Faulconer announced City crews had fixed 1,000 miles of streets – a record pace for road repair after decades of neglect by past City leaders and nearly two years ahead of the Mayor’s five-year goal.
The historic pace of road repair is largely the result of operational changes made at Mayor Faulconer’s direction to speed up the road repair process, including:
- Tripling funding for road repair
- Implementing changes to hold contractors accountable for the quality of their work
- Sending street crews on a rotating basis into each council district to fill potholes
- Expanding the City’s infrastructure program to have the capacity to fix more than 300 miles of street annually
As a result, there’s been a dramatic improvement for San Diego’s neighborhoods. A decade ago, the City only repaired 25 miles of streets in an entire year. Now the City fixes nearly the same number of miles in an average month.
Residents can monitor the City’s street repair progress for themselves at the City’s Streets SD website.
CONTACT: Christina Chadwick at 619-865-3622 or [email protected]