Richmond’s ‘Alley Blitz’ set to repair thousands of roadways by September

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — In Richmond, the city is working to repair some of the city’s 3,000 alleyways. A majority of the city’s repair requests are in the Fan District.

Weather and high traffic have caused some allies to have major dips in them. The city is set to re-gravel and re-grade around 1,300 of these through roads.

They call it the ‘Alley Blitz,’ and it will be going on through the end of September.

They’ll be filling holes and adding bricks and gravel, but residents said adding gravel can sometimes cause problems. A higher alleyway means water runs off into their back yards. They said they hope the city also checks the allies for future problems, not just holes.

“In the long run that’s going to save taxpayers in the city a lot of trouble and finances,” said resident Denise Kern. “Leaving those problems just leaves more ultimate costs and work for the city.”

Sharon North with the Department of Public Works said residents are their best eyes and ears for finding problems. During the next few months, they’ve added additional crews.

“For the alley blitz we are going to have four crews that are consistently working these allies for the next few months to get them back in shape,” Sharon North said.

If you have a roadway you’d like to report you can use 311 or call the city directly at (804) 646-6430.

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