Village President Christopher Getty announced that the village will resume the village program to replace and upgrade neighborhood alleyways. Last year, 8 alleys were upgraded from loose limestone gravel to a concrete-based system that utilizes a new technology that reduces water pooling and safety.
“We will be able to continue, at a minimum, replacing two blocks of alleyway every year moving forward until we get all of them done,” Getty said. The new concrete alleys are called “impervious concrete” which allows the absorption of water into a “French drain” system underneath.
Each alley costs about $165,000 per block to upgrade. “It’s a very eco-friendly system. The water literally drains through the concrete rather than pooling up, and goes into the ground underneath,” Getty said noting the village is covering the costs of the improvements from the village budget. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is supportive of the system.