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Richmond crews in overdrive on pothole, alley and grass maintenance

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Richmonders are fed up with potholes plaguing the city, rugged alleyways and overgrown grass that some compared to a jungle. Now, Richmond crews are going into overdrive, according to Public Works Department officials, making repairs on the issues you reported most.

Beginning Monday, Public Works Department Interim Director Bobby Vincent says the city will have four crews working non-stop to regrade the alleyways, hitting up to 40 a day. Crews will fill holes and add a smooth layer of gravel to a goal of 1,300 of Richmond’s 3,000 alleys.

"It's a lot smoother. It looks like you wouldn't have as many problems going down it," remarked Ariel Rodriguez, who lives next to a recently graded alley behind West Leigh Street.

Last year, alley maintenance was temporarily stalled because of budget issues. Vincent says this year, Mayor Stoney's administration quickly found $700,000 to repair alleys in need, and another $400,000 to keep overgrown grass - that made headlines last season - nice and trim.

"The administration was able to move some dollars around because we saw the need," said Vincent.

Vincent says his crews for lawn maintenance have doubled from 20 employees last year, to about 50 this season. These latest efforts come after a month-long pothole-palooza blitz, where crews filled 2,500 potholes.

However, Vincent acknowledges it is an ongoing effort, and he encourages anyone who spots an unsightly pothole, alley or area of grass to report it by calling the city’s customer care hotline 311, or through Richmond’s SeeClickFix website.

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