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Alley Maintenance

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The City maintains 374 alleys throughout the city.  This equates to 42.2 miles.  Of these, 42 alleys are paved and the remainder (332) are unpaved.  Past maintenance actions have included adding road base and re-grading to remove ruts and potholes.  This is typically done once in the spring, and then only as needed.

alley map, paved and unpaved


Due to the number of complaints received this spring about the condition of the alleys, the City is implementing an immediate effort (spring/early summer) to make alleys passable and then a short-term (summer/fall) effort to improve drainage through grading and then apply dust abatement materials.

The City has been divided into five (5) maintenance areas.  Staff has prioritized alleys within the five areas, based on how severe access is affected as well as the number of concerns received.


Alley Maintenance Action Plan

Immediate Efforts

Grade alleys to make them passable to traffic by filling potholes & ruts and applying a 50/50 mix of asphalt millings and Class 6 roadbase.
Spring through Fall 2019*
Areas 1 & 3 — as of August 2019, City staff is still actively working to complete these areas.
  Areas 2 & 4 — work is expected to start in these areas the week of August 19, 2019.
  Area 5 — 
  * Please note that this schedule is subject to weather and availability of materials.


Short-Term Efforts

Grade alleys to improve drainage by performing fine/detailed grading and applying dust-suppressant material.
September 2019 through Winter 2019
Area 2
  Area 4
  Area 1
  Area 3
  Area 5


>>> Click here to see an interactive map of planned & completed alley maintenance.



Status Update:  Due to the heavy snowstorms in late October and late November, the City’s contractor was unable to progress the alley grading as originally scheduled.  Now, with winter temperatures set in, they are no longer within manufacturers specifications for application temperatures of the stabilizer product.  Therefore, alley grading in Area 2 has been delayed until April 2020.