Oak Cliff neighbors fed up with overgrown alley

Residents frustrated by overgrown alley

DALLAS - Some neighbors in the Oak Cliff area of southern Dallas say they have been dealing with an overgrown alley for years. They want the city to do something about it.

“We’re going to get rodents,” said Tyrone Williams. “We get possums.”

Williams is among neighbors on the 900 block of Jadewood Drive who call the alley behind their homes a jungle.

“One time my next door neighbor, they seen actually a rattlesnake,” he said.

Williams has been living in the area about 13 years. He says the alley has been an eyesore ever since.

“Our biggest issue right now is the alley,” he explained. “We don’t have any concrete, and everybody in the neighborhood, they have concrete.”

Neighbors call the dirt alley rickety. They say when it rains, vehicles often get stuck.

“This alley’s been trouble for years,” said neighbor Eddie Carlton.

Residents claims they have been asking the city to fix up the alley for years.

“I’ve been here since ’72,” Carlton said. “It’s way beyond time.”

The City of Dallas currently has had some ongoing street projects happening in the community. A few nearby alleys were recently resurfaced.

Staff in the Public Works Department describe the alley off Jadewood as an unimproved alley. The city said in order to get the area paved, residents must partner with the City of Dallas through a petition paving program.

The city says two-thirds of the impacted neighbors have to agree to want the changes. The residents would pick up a portion of the paving costs.

“If we have to come in, and have to help pay something, then I think we need to do that,” Carlton said.

For assistance with the alley petition paving assessment, residents can call the Public Works Department at 214-948-4129.

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