Alleyways - The City's Roadway to Utility Services
Lake Worth was platted in the early 1900s with an extensive network of alleyways. Historically, alleyways were used as service corridors for utilities and deliveries in the back of homes and businesses. Alleyways also provided a rear access to a property where a garage may have been located in residential areas.
While times have changed - deliveries may no longer take place in alleys and garbage collection takes place out front – many of Lake Worth’s water and electric lines are still located in the alleyways.
Lake Worth alleys are narrow, ranging in size from roughly 10 ft. in residential areas up to 15 ft. wide in commercial areas. They are barely wide enough to accommodate the big, burly trucks, equipment and teams for the efficient delivery of utilities services when clear. However, when alleyways are blocked with things like overgrowth from trees, hedges and shrubs, or fencing, litter and refuse, it hinders passage and progress of the utility service teams.
If your power or water lines are in need of repair and crews cannot get through with necessary trucks and equipment, they are forced to spend time clearing your alleyway. This means a longer time getting to your property and unanticipated delays at getting the job done. Blocked alleys impede the restoration of utility services.
It is important to know that keeping alleyways clear is critical to the expedition of routine maintenance, repairs and service and that it is your responsibility.
- Mow & Grade Alleyways
- Keep Powerlines Clear of Foliage
- Keep alley clear of all trash behind your property
- Dispose of any bulk items in the proper manner – not in the alley
- Keep hedges, shrubs, and trees trimmed - out of the alley
When City crews must tackle the removal of debris or clear the alleyway, you may be assessed for code violations and subject to fines.
Working together to keep alleyways clear can also help you realize the benefits of efficiency and cost-savings.
Questions or concerns about your alleyway? Call 561.586.1720
Who is responsible for what?
Citizens are responsible for keeping their portion of the alleyway clean and clear of debris. This area extends a minimum of 5 ft. out from the property line, into the alleyway.
What is an easement?
Portion(s) of a property owner’s land where the City is provided legally granted access for utilities or other City essential services.
Who owns the easement anyway – the property owner or the utilities company?
Property owners own the land. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to keep all areas of the easement free of debris and structures so City utilities crews can do their work.
Where can residents dispose of bulk materials?
Items such as mattresses, furniture may be placed curbside for pickup one day a month. For pickup dates on your street, call 561.533.7344.