San Diegans Asked to Report Potholes

by on January 19, 2023 · 3 comments

in San Diego

San Diegans of every stripe are being asked to report potholes as additional teams from the city will be out in force to make pothole repairs.

Residents are encouraged to report potholes by using the Get It Done application or by calling 619-527-7500.

Here is a statement from the city:

Following several consecutive days of rain, the City of San Diego is responding to a spike in the number of potholes on local streets. This week, dozens of additional teams are being assigned to make pothole repairs and the City’s Transportation Department is repurposing other asphalt and concrete crews and equipment to support the work being done by existing patch truck crews.

“We are taking an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to filling potholes after the significant amount of rain we experienced recently,” said Eric K. Dargan, City of San Diego Chief Operating Officer. “Our teams have been cleaning up from the storms and they will be out seven days per week filling potholes until we can get caught up on these repairs.”

On a non-rainy day, there are up to nine crews assigned to filling potholes across the City. These are two-person teams who respond to pothole repair requests; each team will complete 10-15 requests per day. With the recent storms, the City is dedicating approximately 150 employees to address the backlog of repairs.

Typically, the City has a daily average of 200 pothole requests to be filled. After the recent storms, the backlog is just above 1,600 reports. As crews are unable to fill potholes when it is actively raining, dry weather provides an opportunity to address the backlog of repairs and to address new potholes that have developed.

Filling potholes is a year-round task for City crews, but wet weather can exacerbate the problem as water seeps into the surface of the street, causing the asphalt to loosen and potholes to develop. In addition to filling potholes, the City continues to repair and resurface roads through its slurry seal program. Preventing deterioration of streets is key to improving the overall condition of San Diego’s network of streets and reduces the need for more costly asphalt overlay and reconstruction required for badly deteriorated streets. View a map of repairs in your neighborhood by visiting the Streets Map webpage.





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JayBird January 19, 2023 at 3:29 pm

EditorDude: I almost did a “spit-take” reading this post! Had a good Laff. Seriously, this must have been re-printed from “The Onion”… What a PR joke from the City.
Maybe they can use some of those DIF fees to patch up Barnard Street, as they were meant to be spent.


Vern January 19, 2023 at 5:54 pm

What about Gloria’s “Sexy Streets” program?

“People say infrastructure isn’t a sexy topic. I disagree — and that’s why I call newly paved roads ‘sexy streets,”‘ Gloria said. “All San Diegans deserve streets in their communities that are in good shape”. May 2021

Shouldn’t the city be repairing the roads and certainly without photo-ops (or silly names, for that matter)?


Gary Wonacott January 20, 2023 at 6:34 am

Pot holes usually form when there is a failure of the substrate from weather and traffic. A pot hole is a symptom, especially if more than one forms. It is not clear that the City’s pot hole repair is a band aid approach or one that will last. If pot holes begin occurring ad it is a old road, then perhaps it is time to replace it. Also, there must be advances in pot hole repair (e.g., newer materials).


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