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Fort Wayne alleys getting facelift

Funding for alley repair was not available until this year and residents in the Hamilton neighborhood in Fort Wayne are getting a chance to see if it's worth the wait and worth the money with an update on the “Right Up One’s Alley” project.

Posted: Aug. 27, 2018 8:49 PM
Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 10:21 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Mayor Henry, members of city council, and residents of the Hamilton neighborhood are celebrating Monday.

"You can see what has happened as a result of the investment from a new revenue stream in the city of Fort Wayne,” Mayor Henry said.

They've completed one mile of alley reconstruction work.

The alley located between Third and Fourth Streets, Franklin and Schilling Avenues were plagued with bumpy uneven gravel in several locations making it hard for cars to get by smoothly.

"She used to get up and take the grandkids on a wagon when it was in bad shape, and now she might come out here and go 20 miles an hour," Bob and Becky Rife said.

That's the city's goal- making neighborhoods more suitable for people who live there. The Hamilton neighborhood is just the beginning.

"I think today was awesome that the city council recognized this neighborhood in this part of the city as the first stepping stone for the alley improvements," Travis Barman, Hamilton Neighborhood Association President said.

Another two miles will be under construction later in the year. one resident who's lived here thirty years said he's willing to be patient if all the alleys end up like this one.

"Just being able to drive up. if you've ever driven up the alley you would understand because it was treacherous up there. I think it's a beautiful job,”Dick Syndram said.

$30 million is being invested this year for road, sidewalk, and trail enhancements.
There's been a total of $130 million of neighborhood improvements over the past five years.

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