Streets and Sidewalks
If you would like to report repair needs for potholes, street/sidewalk maintenance, and other maintenance requests, please submit a City Service Request or leave a message on our Pothole Hotline at 805-652-4590.
Street Management Plan
The City has a Five Year Pavement Management Plan. View the Pavement Management Plan for Fiscal Years 2023 – 2027.
Funding & Taxes
To maintain the overall condition of our City streets requires more money than the City receives from its share of gasoline taxes. Therefore, paving priorities need to be established to best utilize the available limited funding for the greatest long-term value.
Ongoing Street Maintenance
The City of Ventura Public Works Department maintains 700 lane miles of streets,13 miles of alleys, 2 million square feet of sidewalks, 350 miles of curbs and gutters, 18,000 road signs, and more than 1 million linear feet of street markings. Although streets are built to last for 20 - 40 years, they begin to deteriorate from the moment they are constructed. Streets with a lot of traffic, particularly heavy truck traffic, deteriorate more rapidly than streets in residential neighborhoods.
Their primary tasks include:
- Crack Filling
- Pavement Overlays
- Pothole Repairs
- Sinkhole Repairs
- Skin Patches
- Various Concrete Repairs
The City uses innovative processes for higher efficiency and has been praised nationally for the maintenance and care of their equipment.
The City’s sidewalk maintenance program is based on an established priority system. The main objective of the current sidewalk maintenance plan is to prevent as many trip and fall incidents as possible with the funds that are available.
Sidewalk Disruption Map
Residents & Property Owners May Perform Repair Work
The City provides options for residents and property owners to perform curb, sidewalk, and alley repairs adjacent to their property. If a resident or property owner chooses to perform the work, the City will issue permits and perform inspections free of charge.
Safe Sidewalks Program
In January 2021, the City Council approved a sidewalk repair reimbursement program that uses Measure O funding to repay residents for a portion of their sidewalk repair costs. Click here for additional information.
The California Streets and Highway Code Section 5610 and Section 18.010.060 of the City's Municipal Code requires that all sidewalks be maintained by adjacent property owners. The City does provide a level of maintenance for sidewalks that addresses issues in the interest of public safety. However, the program is underfunded.
Residents May Repair Sidewalks
Some residents or property owners desire that the sidewalks in front of their property be repaired or replaced sooner than can be done by the City. In such cases, the adjacent property owner can either hire their own licensed contractor or perform the work themselves (as provided for in the Municipal Code). In some cases, the property owner’s homeowners insurance will cover part of, or all of, the costs of the repairs, so it is highly encouraged that property owners check with their insurance provider before beginning any repair work. The contractor will need to obtain an encroachment permit from the City, but the permit will be free of charge and the work will be inspected by a representative of the Transportation Division. Please contact sidewalk maintenance at (805) 652-4515. View Section 18.010.060 of the City's Municipal Code.
The City typically will repair or replace curb when the adjacent sidewalk is in need of repair or replacement, or the street is being repaved.
Residents May Repair Minor Damage to Curbs
If a curb has been reported but ranks low on the priority list for repairs by the City, a resident may themselves do, or hire to do the repairs themselves. This will only be allowed on local streets with traffic volumes less than 1000 vehicles per day and a speed limit of 25 miles per hour (mph) or less. Coordination with the City Pavement Maintenance Supervisor is required. The repairs shall be completed as follows: Complete the following steps to temporary patch repair for a curb: 1. Post No Parking" temporary sign (72 hours in advance) at the curb fix location. 2. Grind down the repair area by a minimum of 3/8 inch by using a hand grinding tool or hammer and chisel and remove any loose concrete. 3. Wet the surface or use "concrete glue" (i.e. DAP, Quikrete, etc.). 4. Fill in the prepped and damaged area with either of the two approved concrete patch materials. May have to use bender board to keep the repair material flush with curb face if the fill area is large. 5. Form to match existing curb face and top (must use a curb edger tool). Smooth out material. 6. Paint new repairs "grey" or with a portland cement mix (the mix that has no sand in it). 7. Remove "No Parking" after 24 hours. The City Pavement Maintenance Supervisor will inspect the work and no City permits will be required for this work. If you want to pursue this option, please contact the City Pavement Maintenance Section Hotline at 805-652-4590.
- Roklin "Flex Set" Roklin Systems Inc. 300 Shell Road E Ventura, CA 93001
- Rapid Set 60 pound (lb.) Concrete Mix Available at Home Depot
Alleys may be Repaired by Adjacent Property Owners If an alley is in need of repair but ranks low on the City’s alley maintenance priority list, an adjacent property owner, or owners, may themselves hire a licensed paving contractor to do the repairs and/or alley repaving themselves. In some cases, the property owner’s homeowner’s insurance will cover part of, or all of, the costs of the repairs, so it is highly encouraged that property owners check with their insurance provider before beginning any repair work. The contractor will need to obtain an encroachment permit from the City, but the permit will be free of charge and the work will be inspected by the Pavement Maintenance Section Supervisor.
If you want to pursue this option, please contact the City Pavement Maintenance Section Hotline at 805-652-4590.