Street Maintenance Concerns


Potholes are caused by cracks in the pavement that allow water to undermine the road base.

Streetlight Outages

Before calling, please note if the streetlight is on a metal or wooden pole.  Lights on wooden poles belong to BC Hydro and will usually be repaired within 10 working days.  Lights on metal poles belong to the City and usually take up to 5 working days.  Both types of light problems should be called into the City of Coquitlam.

Dust Control on Gravel Roads & Lanes

The City looks after putting down dust control during the summer months.   This is usually done if there has been 10 days of dry weather and another 10 days of dry weather is predicted.

Grading on Gravel Roads & Lanes

The City regularly inspects and grades gravel roads and lanes.  Bad weather can often cause the surface to degrade faster than expected.  This will result in potholes and ruts.

Signs Down, Missing or Vandalized

Before calling, please note the type of sign involved.  This helps to determine a priority for repairing the sign.

Sightline Obstructions

Sightline obstructions are hazards that block the view for traffic or pedestrians.  The most common is overgrown vegetation. Residents and property owner are responsible for avoiding hazards on their property.


  • Check with the City before building new fences along the road
  • Maintain a height of 2.45metres (8 feet) for all vegetation
  • Make sure there is 6 feet of clearance over top of sidewalks and pathways.
  • Trim plants so that sign faces are always in clear view

City staff carry out routine inspections. At this time, if any hazards are found, property owners will be notified in writing.  If you come across a sightline obstruction, please report it.

Sidewalk and Walkway Hazards

The City maintains a vast network of sidewalks and walkways. They are regularly inspected for hazards such as trip potential, obstructions, water ponding, and vegetation.

Hazards put the safety and property of individuals at risk. We encourage you to report any sidewalk safety concerns you may have. Remember it is better to be safe then sorry.

Snow and Ice

If snow or icing conditions are forecasted, the City mobilizes its fleet of trucks. Trucks may spray down a brine solutions to prevent ice. Brine is a mixture of salt and water which will stick to the road and prevent ice formation. If snowing, salt is laid down along with plowing to clear the roads. After a heavy snow fall, it may take up to 48 hours to clear roads. The City clears roads in an order based on the size and use. Arterial collection and bus routes are plowed first. Local roads and lanes are considered secondary.

In the event of cold temperatures or snow, be Winter Wise.