The City of Saskatoon is getting ready to fire up the graders.

Starting July 14th, crews will start up the city's back lane rehabilitation and maintenance program. The program will be fixing up the city's network of more than 400 kilometres of gravel back lanes.

The city admits there are yearly complaints about the state of the city's alleys but there are fewer and fewer every year.

"They have tailed off over the years, in terms of the number of calls we do get, because the conditions of the lanes have improved," said Pat Hyde, the city's director of public works. "Having said that, there are lanes that need grading that need it regardless every year."

The city plans on doing extra work on 13 kilometres of  'problem alleys,' doing everything from trimming overhanging trees to, in some cases, completely replacing the back lane.

"It can simply be back lanes that never get an opportunity to dry because of heavy tree canopy," he said. "It can be excessive potholes, questions of utility cuts in the back lane." 

A schedule detailing where crews will be working will be posted on the City of Saskatoon's website. Work will begin in Ward 8, and will travel through to Ward 1, the reverse of last year's program.

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