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.
Report a maintenance issue
Report a pothole or other street damage How to report a pothole or other street damage to be repaired.
Request a traffic light or report a problem If a traffic light is damaged or isn't working correctly, you can report it to the City.
Report a problem with a street or alley light Instructions for reporting street or alley lights that are broken or damaged.
Apply to paint an “X” on the street in front of your driveway How to get a permit to paint an "X" at the end of your legal driveway to discourage drivers from parking there.
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.
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.