Street Maintenance

The Street Maintenance Division is responsible for maintenance and repair functions for 165 miles of roads and rights-of-way that include sign testing and replacement, tree and shrubbery trimming, curbs, gutters, sidewalk repair and replacement, and weed/litter abatement along the roadside. This division also performs pothole repairs and graffiti removal on public property.

Annual Pavement Maintenance Program

The Development Services Department's Engineering Section manages the citywide pavement management effort which is accomplished through a combination of the Streets Maintenance Division and private contractors.

Paving Road
Laying Concrete for Sidewalks

The city is divided into eight geographic Pavement Maintenance Zones. Pavement maintenance projects are generally scheduled in each successive Zone on an eight-year cycle. The type of pavement treatment depends on the condition of the streets and funding availability.

City crews begin surveying and marking pavement in the fall in preparation for treatments to begin early in the calendar year. As early as January of each year, city crews perform crack seal, deep patch and skin patch work into the summer. Cape seal, slurry seal, and street striping are performed by contractors as Capital Improvements when the weather warms up beginning in the summer.

Street Maintenance Zones ThumbnailPavement Maintenance Zone Map (PDF) 

Poway's Pavement Maintenance Program is based upon a Pavement Management System (PMS) that provides pavement preservation and rehabilitation strategies to maximize the use of public funds by applying the right treatment at the right time to extend the life of the pavement. This approach maximizes citywide pavement life using available and anticipated funding to prevent streets in good condition (requiring $0.35 to $5 per square foot to treat) from degenerating to poor condition (requiring $8.50 to $15 per square foot to treat) and, therefore, more costly to maintain.

Graffiti Removal

  • Graffiti Removal on Public Property: It is the city's policy to remove graffiti from public property within 24 hours.
  • Graffiti Removal on Private Property: Graffiti on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. To report graffiti on private property that does not belong to you, please call our graffiti hotline at 858-668-1234.

For more information on our graffiti removal program, please review code compliance.

Sidewalks Responsibilities & Replacement Program

The Streets Maintenance Division annually inspects and replaces sidewalk/curb and gutter.


The city strives to repair potholes within 24 hours of notice.

New Traffic Street Signs

Contact Development Services, Traffic Engineering to request a new traffic sign.