Officials laud alley reconstruction
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and other city officials stood in the alley between Third and Fourth streets and Franklin and Schilling avenues Monday to celebrate completion of 1 mile of alley reconstruction.
Funding for alley repair was made possible through a local income tax increase adopted by the Fort Wayne City Council last year. Under that plan, a portion of the additional funds go toward alley repair. The remainder is put toward future downtown riverfront development efforts.
“I’m encouraged by the progress we’re making to address neighborhood infrastructure needs,” Henry said in a statement. “Having a dedicated funding source to make improvements to alleys throughout Fort Wayne sends a clear message that we care about and are committed to ensuring we have strong and thriving neighborhoods. We know that neighborhoods are the backbone of our community and we must make investments that will have a lasting impact.”
City crews have completed 1.2 miles of alley reconstruction this year and another 2 miles are planned for later this year, city officials said. A total of $30 million was invested this year for roads, sidewalks and trail work.
“Alleys offer important access for residents to the rear of their property and parking of their vehicle. During portions of the reconstruction, the alley closed to residents and I know that presented some challenges for the neighborhood,” Director of Public Works Shan Gunawardena said. “We appreciate residents being patient as the project was underway.”