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The Department of Streets maintains 320 bridges and 2,525 miles of streets and highways. Submit a maintenance request or learn about the department’s operations.

Sidewalks, alleys, driveways, and retaining walls

Sidewalks, alleys, driveways, and retaining walls are private property. They belong to the property owner. The City does not own or maintain them. It is the responsibility of owners to maintain them in safe and sanitary conditions.

The owners of all abutting properties generally have the right to use the entire length of an alleyway or driveway. This is written in the deed.

All property owners who have deed rights for the use of alleyways, driveways, and retaining walls must share costs for repairs or reconstruction. Even if only parts of an alley, driveway, or retaining wall need repair, all responsible property owners must share the cost of the repair.


Street paving keeps Philadelphia roadways safe and smooth. The Department of Streets shares updates on paving operations so people traveling around the city can plan appropriately.

Learn about paving operations and alerts.

Historic streets restoration

A roadway that represents another period of street paving in Philadelphia or that provides a visual record of the city’s past is a historic street. The City of Philadelphia maintains hundreds of historic streets.

Learn about historic streets restoration.