8 Alleys x 8 Wards = 64 Repaired or Renovated Alleys
Mayor Bowser this week kicked off AlleyPalooza 7.0, a District-wide effort to repair or renovate alleys across all eight wards. During AlleyPalooza, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will improve eight alleys in each of the District’s eight wards over the next 12 weeks.
“Like roadways and sidewalks, alleys are a critical part of the District’s infrastructure and my Administration is committed to keeping them in top condition,” said Mayor Bowser. “By getting back to basics and building safer, stronger alleys, we’re building a safer, stronger DC.”
Mayor Bowser launched AlleyPalooza in 2015, and since then, DDOT has improved more than 400 alleys through the initiative. This spring, the Mayor also launched PaveDC, a comprehensive plan to repair all District alleys in poor condition by 2021 and all roadways in poor condition by 2024. The PaveDC plan has four priorities: road rehabilitation, road maintenance, alley repair and reconstruction, and sidewalk reconstruction.
“We receive over 1,000 requests annually to resurface or repave alleys, so we know that residents care about the quality of the alleys, roads, and sidewalks they use every day,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “Mayor Bowser’s support for AlleyPalooza, and our overall efforts to improve the District’s infrastructure have been so important to the team as we work to ensure that we are enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors.” The Bowser Administration has increased funding for alley maintenance and rehabilitation to unprecedented levels through increased budget allotments and improved financial and program management. The District has more than 350 miles of alleys and receives an average of 1,000 service requests for alley repairs each year. To ensure the alleys most in need of repair are selected for AlleyPalooza, DDOT uses a data-driven assessment that examines alley condition, service request quantity, service request age, and community feedback.
Residents can follow the progress of AlleyPalooza 7.0 at ddot.dc.gov and on DDOT’s social media channels (@DDOTDC).