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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off AlleyPalooza 5.0, Announces Creation of Green Alleys

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, [email protected]
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off AlleyPalooza 5.0, the first AlleyPalooza to include the creation of green alleys. While renovating eight alleys in all eight wards over eight weeks, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will work in partnership with DC Water to renovate five green alleys through the use of permeable pavement, a Green Infrastructure technique that captures and filters stormwater runoff before it pollutes rivers and streams. The Mayor was joined at the kickoff by DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo.

“Making consistent, long-term investments in our city’s infrastructure is part of my Administration’s commitment to improving the overall quality of life for every Washingtonian,” said Mayor Bowser. “With Earth Day just a few days away, it is particularly fitting that we are announcing the inclusion of green alleys – an effort that will help preserve our planet and make the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers clean and swimmable for District residents.”

AlleyPalooza is a multimillion dollar infrastructure campaign to repair or reconstruct 64 alleys throughout Washington, DC – eight alleys in all eight wards – over eight weeks. Since 2015, Mayor Bowser has invested $175 million in local infrastructure, roads, alleys, and sidewalks, and more than 340 alleys have been improved throughout DC. 

Washington, DC has more than 350 miles of alleys and receives several hundred service requests for alley repairs each year. To ensure that alleys most in need of repair were selected for AlleyPalooza 5.0, DDOT used a rating system that ensures that the alleys with the oldest service requests and in the worst condition are repaired or renovated first. During the planning process, DDOT also worked closely with representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS), community members, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

“We are pleased that DDOT’s infrastructure initiatives are supported by Mayor Bowser because these investments directly affect the quality of life for our residents,” said DDOT Director Dormsjo. “AlleyPalooza 5.0 is an investment of approximately $10 million to repair all the alleys, including the green alleys, which will be financed by DC Water. This targeted investment will pay dividends now and in the future.”    

“DC Water is excited to work with DDOT and DOEE as ‘One Team’ to build green alleys in AlleyPalooza 5.0, which will bring benefits to the community and reduce stormwater runoff going into the combined sewer system to help clean Rock Creek,” said Director of Clean Rivers for DC Water Carlton Ray.  

Residents who want their alleys to be included in future AlleyPalooza renovations are encouraged to report their alley repair service requests to 311. 

Track the daily progress of work on all 64 AlleyPalooza 5.0 sites at ddot.dc.gov and follow @DDOTDC on Twitter for regular updates.