Street Maintenance

Asphalt Maintenance

Report a Pothole

This program repairs potholes, replaces damaged roadway sections and performs spot repairs in advance of slurry and bituminous concrete overlay projects to help preserve the asphalt base and maintain surfaces to extend their useful life.

Crews applying slurry seal.Paving

Hot-mix asphalt is used to resurface streets in an annual program to replace the top 1 1/2 to 2 inches of asphalt by milling and paving the roadway surface of older, deteriorated streets. The program runs from March-November.

A notice letter will be mailed to all residents included in the paving project map about four to six weeks in advance of the start of the annual paving operation. Door hangers will be distributed to affected residents with more specific information 48 hours prior to the paving of their street. For questions, contact Francis Soulamany at 703-228-7822 or Hung Tran at 703-228-7730.

Slurry Seal and Microsurfacing

Slurry seal is a water-based, emulsified asphalt mixture spread three-eighths-inch thick over a street surface. It protects streets from water penetration, provides a new wearing surface with improved skid-resistance, and is a quick and economical maintenance strategy. Microsurfacing is a more robust version of slurry seal spread five-eighths-inch thick. Slurry is primarily used on low-volume residential streets whereas microsurfacing is used on moderate- to high-volume arterials. The slurry seal and microsurfacing season runs from July-November.

A notice letter will be mailed to all residents included in the slurry seal and microsurfacing map about four weeks in advance of the start of the annual slurry seal and microsurfacing operation. Door hangers will be distributed to affected residents with more specific information 48 hours prior to the sealing and microsurfacing of their street. For questions, contact Alex Portillo at 703-228-7844 or Carla Alayon at 703-228-6408.

Process

Hot-mix asphalt and slurry seal can be applied only in warm, dry weather. Unavoidably, there will be one day of delay for each day of rain. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted on your block displaying the times and dates work will take place. On a major street, only one lane at a time is resurfaced so that traffic is kept moving. However, residential streets are closed completely to traffic until the new surface is dry. After the signs are removed, you can drive and park on your new resurfaced street. Vehicles parked on the street in work areas during prohibited parking dates will be towed.

Residents can help completion of the surfacing project by:

  • Parking vehicles off the street until the new surface is dry, which usually takes four to six hours in dry weather (if you need to drive your car often, consider parking it on a nearby street).
  • Refraining from raking grass, leaves or other debris into the street.
  • Protecting children from equipment and paving materials for their safety.
A sharrow pavement marking.

A sharrow is intended to help motorists and bicyclists safely share and navigate streets. The sharrows show bicyclists where to be in the road (aligned with the middle of the chevron markings), and they remind drivers that the presence of bicyclists is to be expected.

Street Markings

The Street Marking Program is responsible for the layout, installation and maintenance of pavement markings. Pavement markings are painted lines, which delineate travel lanes, bikeways, parking stalls and pedestrian crosswalks. Learn more about the following bicycle facility pavement markings found in Arlington:

New Markings Request

When requesting a new pavement marking, call the Customer Call Center at 703-228-6570 with the following information:

  • Name and address
  • Daytime phone number
  • Type of pavement marking requested or description of problem
    • Crosswalk
    • Parking stall
    • Lane lines, etc.
  • Location of pavement marking
    • Street
    • Intersection