Street Maintenance

Main: (760) 633-2850  After Hours: (760) 633-2922

The Street Maintenance Section maintains the City of Encinitas’ public roadway network and stormwater drainage system. The Section consists of an eight-person field crew who are easily spotted wearing orange shirts with our City logo. The crew specializes in the following maintenance and repair tasks:

 The Section administers contracts for some of the maintenance and repair task that include: street sweeping, pavement striping, street light maintenance, and tree maintenance.

 After hours street-related emergency response (760) 633-2922

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Graffiti abatement on public right-of-ways

The City of Encinitas takes a pro-active approach to graffiti abatement. As “tagging” and gang graffiti has escalated, so too has the City’s efforts to eliminate it. The Street Maintenance Section, Code Enforcement Division and Sheriff work collaboratively to address graffiti vandalism through abatement, education, and enforcement.

Reporting Graffiti

How do I distinguish public property from private property?  In general, public property includes streets, sidewalks, traffic signals, streetlights, and signs. Private property is typically located behind the sidewalk - for example, buildings, walls, and fences.

Who is responsible for graffiti removal on private property? Graffiti removal on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. Exceptions include private utility structures (boxes, poles, etc.) located in the public right-of-way.

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Dead animal removal

Dead animal pickup and removal service on public property, public streets and public right-of-way is provided by a private contractor. Please call the Street Section, (760) 633-2850, or D&D Disposal directly at (888) 299-9905 to report a dead animal or for more information about this service.

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Litter and weed abatement on public right-of-ways

The City of Encinitas Street Maintenance Section removes weeds and litter from public right of ways. This is done with in-house street maintenance crews and by contract. Abatement areas are reviewed every two months and cleaned-up accordingly. Litter and weeds/vegetation adjacent to private property is the property owner’s responsibility to remove.

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Sandbags

The City of Encinitas’ Public Works Department will host two Sandbag give-a-way events annually at the Public Works facility at 160 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA. 92024. The next event is Saturday, November 4, 2017. Sandbags will be available per event to Encinitas residents (no contractors) on a first come, first serve basis.

Residents must provide photo identification and show proof of residency. A water bill or electric bill is acceptable, which shows the customers address. 10 sandbags will be given for each address/property (while supply lasts). Residents must self-load and transport the pre-filled sandbags. The City does not provide this service.

Sandbags will no longer be offered daily at the Public Works facility.

Sandbags may be purchased at local vendors. Please call vendors directly for the latest information on availability and pricing. The following is an example of some vendors who may offer sandbags for purchase:

SandbagsCrown Ace Hardware, 745 S. Coast Hwy, Encinitas 92024
(760) 334-0300

Home Depot, 1001 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas 92024
(760) 943-9600

RCP Block & Brick, 577 N. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas 92024
(760) 753-1164

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Sidewalk maintenance and other concrete repairs

The Street Maintenance Section repairs damage to sidewalks, gutters, and curbs resulting from old age, deterioration, or street tree root damage. Property owners are responsible for damage caused by private tree roots.

The City of Encinitas keeps sidewalks in good condition with in-house street maintenance crew repairs, reconstruction of sections of sidewalks through a sidewalk repair contract, and reconstruction during more significant roadway and utility improvement projects. There are approximately two million square feet of sidewalks in the City of Encinitas.

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Sign maintenance

The Street Maintenance Section maintains approximately 8,000 roadway signs including public street name signs, traffic signs and sign poles. One Street Section staff member performs sign maintenance full-time. The Section proactively repairs or replaces damaged signs quickly. Staff proactively inspects all signs in the City twice per year and from these inspections, signs are repaired or replaced as needed. Repair and replacement of private street name signs or other private signs are the responsibility of the property owner.

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Street hazard removal

The Street Maintenance Section responds to reports of unsafe conditions observed on Encinitas streets. Please report downed trees, damaged guard rails, road obstructions, debris in roadway, down signs, etc., as soon as possible. Privately owned trees that fall in the right of way will be cut and stacked at the side of the road; it is the property owner’s responsibility to remove the wood. The Division installs barricades as needed and performs emergency repairs.

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Street light maintenance

There are approximately 3,000 street lights in the City of Encinitas. Some are owned and maintained by the City and some are owned an operated by SDG&E. The City contracts to provide maintenance and repairs. To report a street light issue or outage, please give the street light number (stenciled at eye level) or street name and address where the street light is located. If there is no specific address, give the intersecting street and position at intersection. The exact location is very important because street lights are repaired during the day. Our contractor usually repairs street lights within 4 business days unless a specialized part needs to be ordered.

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Street maintenance (including pothole repairs)

The Street Maintenance Section maintains 172 miles of streets and performs routine maintenance and repairs to help ensure that our roads and right of ways are safe and accessible. Repairs include the patching of potholes, depressions, bumps, and other defects on city streets. Small failed areas, typically called potholes, need to be repaired quickly and repair is an ongoing operation of the Street Maintenance Section. Sometimes other agencies or private utility companies are responsible for repairing potholes and other street defects resulting from inadequately restored utility cuts. Potholes can be caused by traffic, water, or damaged sewers.

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Street striping

The Street Maintenance Section is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of City of Encinitas’ traffic striping. The Section collaborates with the City’s Traffic Engineering Division to ensure proper installation of roadway striping design parameters in accordance with State regulations. If lane lines, arrows, curbs or legends need to be repainted, please use our Online Request for Assistance or call the Street Maintenance Section, (760) 633-2850. To request changes in arrows, lane lines, curb painting or legends, please call the Traffic Engineering Division, (760) 633-2790.

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Street sweeping

The Street Maintenance Section contracts out to clean the City of Encinitas’ streets with power sweepers. We cover 9,000 curb miles and remove 1,200 tons of litter and debris every year. Generally, we sweep residential streets once per month and sweep commercial areas once per week. Street sweeping is an effective method of removing both the large and microscopic pollutants that collect on City streets; it helps prevent pollutants from entering the City's storm drain system and reaching the ocean.   A Street Sweeping schedule can be found here.

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Storm water drainage system maintenance (above ground)

The Street Maintenance Section is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of City of Encinitas’ public drainage system that is above ground. Our work includes biannual inspection and cleaning of all City storm drains, cleaning debris and clearance of drainage systems after storm events and preventing standing water issues in City right-of-way areas. The City’s Wastewater Maintenance Section maintains below-ground storm drain pipes and inlets.

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Tree Maintenance for City owned trees on public right-of-ways

The Street Section proactively cares for the City of Encinitas’ right of way trees using standards set forth by the International Society of Arboriculture. The Street Section provides tree care and maintenance for City owned trees in the right of way including routine trimming, planting and the removal of dead and diseased trees. Tree trimming is performed to maintain shape, remove dead or diseased limbs and remove potential hazards to pedestrians, cyclists, vehicular traffic, buses and emergency vehicles. The Street Maintenance Section organizes, plans and oversees the annual contractual tree maintenance program.

Learn all about city-maintained trees with this interactive map, which includes everything from pruning schedules to species specifics.

Go to the Urban Forest Management Program page, for all information regarding tree policies, ordinances, guides, trimming and planting.  

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