By Charles Sercombe
The first phase of the long-awaited alley repaving project has begun.
The alley on the eastside of Jos. Campau from Caniff to Belmont was torn up and new concrete has been poured in the past couple of weeks.
Former City Manager Katrina Powell had earlier estimated that it would cost $12 million to fix all of the city’s alleys.
This year offers a modest alley repair scope, which will cover the following sections:
o The westside of Jos. Campau from Yemans to Evaline
o The eastside of Jos. Campau from Caniff to Belmont
o The westside of Conant from Evaline to Norwalk
The cost of the project is $204,000. Each ally portion will take about two weeks to finish. In total it will take about six weeks to complete this year’s entire project.
It was not immediately known what the alley plan is for next year.
While in the past the city has undertaken various street repairs, alleys have long been overlooked. In recent years there have been increasing complaints by residents about the condition of the city’s alleys, many of which have sunken down and are filled with potholes.
The alley project coincides with another year’s worth of street resurfacing. The street repair does not involve a total repaving, but only a milling down of the road and resurfacing with asphalt.
The following streets are slated for resurfacing this year:
o Charest from Holbrook to Evaline (full width)
o Lehman from Conant to Jos. Campau (center portion only)
o Lumpkin from Caniff to Commor (center portion only)
o Pulaski from Jos. Campau to Mackay (full width)
The cost of this project is $470,000. Work has already begun.
Next year the city plans on repaving Holbrook from Jos. Campau to Holbrook. Almost 90 percent of the $1 million cost is being covered by the federal government. The remaining balance will be paid through a yearly state road repair grant.