Exciting news! The Beverly Heights Community League (includes Beverly Heights and Rundle Heights communities) have been selected for alley renewal. The City of Edmonton manages the project, and is in the planning stages with construction starting in 2023 or 2024 and expected to take 2 years to complete all the alleys with the construction season running about June 1-October 31. Although it will be absolutely wonderful to have the deeply rutted and pot hole-y back alleys repaired, it will cause some inconvenience but will be worth it in the long run! There are no fees for the improvement as it is funded through the Neighbourhood Improvement Tax Levy – we are fortunate to be one of the first group of neighbourhoods to get this much needed attention.
Visit the website https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/on_your_streets/beverly_heights for more details, a map of the alleys, and to sign up for email updates. The City of Edmonton project managers met with the BHCL board members today and shared that we will have about a one-month notice of when construction will be in our specific area, and will receive a hand-delivered notice 7 days before construction starts on our block. Each back alley takes about 4 weeks to complete as they take it down about 50cm (half a meter) as well as making some improvements. During construction, we will have ABSOLUTELY NO ACCESS to the back alley so will have to park on the street, and garbage pick up will also be in the front rather than in the alleys. We’ll be looking for more details on how that will work – perhaps our neighbourhoods can work together and encourage everyone to park on one side and all garbage carts on the other side just on trash days. The project managers indicated that construction would be staggered rather than several blocks next to each other to allow space for parking.
In the planning stage and before construction you may notice flags, paint markings, and the city will also be bringing in an arborist to manage trees and shrubs. Existing lighting will be upgraded to LED and any required utility repairs and upgrades will be done before the alley is completed.
In fall 2022 there will be public engagement and perhaps an info session (in person or virtual). By then planning should be in place and more details available, and the project managers can answer all your questions. The community league has as much information as is available on the website at this time, when we get updates we will share on the website as well as in the monthly eNewsletter.
Here are two documents that are also available on the website link above: