The Street Maintenance section maintains 847 lane miles of roadway surfaces in addition to maintaining storm water retention basins (sumps) and open ditches. This division also provides sandbags to Torrance residents during the rainy season.
Potholes are created in a number of ways. The most common way is when water seeps into cracks in the surface of the road and, combined with the vibration of the tires over the cracks, causes the asphalt to fail. That is why there are more potholes after it rains. Potholes are also created when the roadway is stressed by trucks and buses, which can cause a movement of the subsurface. Once there is a weak spot, every car that travels over it makes the problem worse, and eventually a section of the material will fail, causing a pothole.
The Public Works Department's goal is to fix all potholes reported to us as soon as possible. Priority is given to potholes that may affect drivers, the rest are on a first come, first served basis.
To report potholes in the City of Torrance, west of Western Ave., call 1-310-781-6900 during business hours, or click here to send an e-mail to Public Works at PublicWorkInfo@TorranceCA.gov.
To report potholes between Western Ave. and Normandie, City of Los Angeles, click here to go to L.A. City Request Form or dial 311.
To report potholes between Normandie and Vermont, County of Los Angeles, click here to go to L.A. County information or dial 211.
Tasks handled by the Street Maintenance Division include filling potholes, patching streets, applying crack sealant, repairing City parking lots, and other asphalt-related repairs. Street Maintenance also assists in asphalt preparation for capital projects, including slurry seal applications. Street Maintenance also maintains the State highways that run through the City. The City has a maintenance agreement with Caltrans that allows the City of Torrance to perform maintenance work on State highways (e.g; Hawthorne, PCH and Western) using City crews.