Warmer weather is on its way to the Tampa Bay area. That means potholes could start to appear on our roads. Here’s how you — an informed + engaged TBAY citizen — can help.
What to know
Because of our climate, potholes can impact the Tampa Bay area throughout the year. Here’s why:
- Around springtime, warmer daytime weather leads to asphalt expanding, then nighttime cooling makes it contract. This can cause a pothole to form.
- Once the rainy season hits, water can seep below the surface and wear asphalt away. Eventually, air pockets cause the surface to cave in.
Road repaving costs the City of Tampa a reported $5 million per year, spanning ~30 miles of roads. This includes fixing an average of ~15,000 potholes annually in the Big Guava.
Before submitting pothole repair requests, remember many of the roads in the Tampa Bay area are operated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), including I-275 and US-19. Use our region’s request form if your issue applies to an FDOT-operated road.
What to do in Tampa
File an online report or call 813-274-3278 (813-274-FAST) at any time of day. Or contact Tampa’s Transportation and Stormwater Services Call Center at 813-274-3101.
What to do in St. Pete
Potholes and other road repairs are handled in the Burg by the St. Pete Service Center and SeeClickFix — a reporting + tracking site.
If you want to contact the St. Pete Service Center directly, you can do so in the following ways:
- Call: 727-893-7111
- Text: 727-435-7349 (727-HELPFIX)
- Email: ServiceCenter@stpete.org
Outside of Tampa + St. Pete, check your city’s website for more information.