The City now has a second paving crew in operation for the first time in over a decade. This crew is working to repave more than 100 miles of Philadelphia’s streets each year.

Each paving crew has 34 workers. They are asphalt rakers, heavy equipment operators, laborers, and inspectors.

Over the next six years, $178 million of City tax-supported funds are budgeted for repaving. This includes funding for the Streets Department to add a third paving crew, which will expand capacity even more.

What are the steps of the paving process?

  1. Milling: The first step of the process is milling, where the old roadway is removed.
  2. Manholes: During this step, the Streets Department works with utility companies to address underground issues and prevent future diggings. They also reset manhole covers.
  3. Paving: New asphalt is laid, restoring the street to good condition.
  4. Striping: After paving is complete, the road is striped.

How long will it take?
The paving process works through the above steps over a three to five week period. The time it takes to pave each street varies because of the length and width of the street.

When is paving season?
Work begins in April and continues through November.

How do I know if my street is getting paved?
The citywide list of streets scheduled for improvement is posted annually in late April.

Will there be parking restrictions?
To complete the work residents should expect parking restrictions. Temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted in advance of each scheduled activity.

Do I need to move my car?
Residents should move their cars from the work sites when temporary ‘No Parking’ signs are posted, so that vehicles are not towed.

What if my car is towed during the paving process?
In the event a car is towed, please contact your local Police District to determine its location.

Questions?
Contact the Streets Department Customer Affairs Unit at (215) 686-5560.