Street Maintenance is responsible for the maintenance of 1,121 lane miles of city streets, 33 miles of alleys, right-of-ways, concrete bike paths and parking lots. This program includes pothole and other asphalt repairs, sidewalk repairs, and the annual slurry seal program for residential streets.
The slurry program is essential to proper pavement maintenance. Slurry seal maintenance extends pavement life by preventing normal deterioration that occurs through weather and vehicular traffic. Residential streets are sealed on a 5 to 7 year cycle, depending on funding availability. Streets that are no longer serviceable with slurry are scheduled for an asphalt overlay, which involves removal and replacement of the upper layer of asphalt surface. The asphalt overlays are scheduled based on the ratings of our 7-year Pavement Management System. The number of lane miles completed each year is dependent on available funding.
For inquiries or to request service, please contact Maintenance Operations at (714) 536-5480.
We have all known that sound - "Ka-Thunk!" as our car bumps through a pothole. The startling sensation can rattle your nerves as well as your vehicle. Potholes occur when weathered road surfaces or underground drainage allows water to saturate the road base beneath the asphalt. Waterlogged grades become soft and are no longer able to support the weight of traffic. The pavement eventually breaks into small pieces that are kicked out by passing tires, leaving a hole.
The Street Maintenance program needs the public's assistance in locating potholes in order to make timely repairs. If you encounter a pothole while out and about in Huntington Beach, report it to the Maintenance Division at (714) 536-5480. Once reported, the Street Maintenance staff will repair most potholes within three working days. The Maintenance Division is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays (4 p.m. on Fridays). Voice mail is available for after-hours reporting. When reporting a pothole, please be prepared to leave a detailed location including the street name, nearest cross street, and any other geographic information that will direct city staff to the offending pothole.