Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia

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Operating as usual

TRAFFIC: Reminder, tonight starting at 9pm the intersections of King-Commonwealth-Dangerfield & Dangerfield-Diagonal wil...
11/10/2020

TRAFFIC: Reminder, tonight starting at 9pm the intersections of King-Commonwealth-Dangerfield & Dangerfield-Diagonal will be @alexandriavapd controlled. Replacement of electrical lines to the traffic signals requires the power to the traffic signals be turned off. Consider alternate routes.

The City’s storm water system is interconnected and what’s happening upstream or downstream from your neighborhood affec...
11/09/2020

The City’s storm water system is interconnected and what’s happening upstream or downstream from your neighborhood affects others. In preparation of the rain later in the week, the City of Alexandria is actively cleaning storm lines and removing vegetation blocking drains and water flow throughout the City.

The autumn leaf fall and general cleaning up of yards presents opportunities for residents to help make sure the curb and gutter areas are clear. Please ensure any leaf piles and other vegetative material in front of your home allows the flow of water down the curb and gutter area.

Listen to the Oct. 28 staff presentation updating the community on the Strawberry Run stream restoration here: alexandri...
11/09/2020

Listen to the Oct. 28 staff presentation updating the community on the Strawberry Run stream restoration here: alexandriava.gov/video/4678 and then visit the project website: alexandriava.gov/118208 to provide feedback on the proposal by Nov. 20

Curbside collections are on your normal day all month. While Veterans Day and Thanksgiving do impact some city services ...
11/09/2020

Curbside collections are on your normal day all month. While Veterans Day and Thanksgiving do impact some city services and schedules, Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste do NOT change. Visit alexandriava.gov/6506 for the Holiday schedule for the remainder of 2020.

TRAFFIC: Reminder, starting tonight (Sun. Nov. 8) and continuing for 3 overnights, the intersections of King-Commonwealt...
11/08/2020

TRAFFIC: Reminder, starting tonight (Sun. Nov. 8) and continuing for 3 overnights, the intersections of King-Commonwealth-Dangerfield & Dangerfield-Diagonal will be Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia controlled. Replacement of electrical lines to the traffic signals requires the power to the traffic signals be turned off during the overnight. Consider alternate routes.

Today is the last day to provide input on the draft strategies of the Alexandria Mobility Plan. Ferry service is just on...
11/08/2020

Today is the last day to provide input on the draft strategies of the Alexandria Mobility Plan. Ferry service is just one aspect. Learn about other proposed strategies and share your input at alexandriava.gov/mobilityplan TODAY.

GO Alex and the City of Alexandria are hosting 'Operation Illumination' where lights and reflective gear are given to th...
11/06/2020

GO Alex and the City of Alexandria are hosting 'Operation Illumination' where lights and reflective gear are given to those who bike, walk, or take transit. Next week, stop by at one of the dates and locations that works for you!

Snow is nowhere in the forecast, so don't worry if you see snow plows and other equipment on city roads this morning. Cr...
11/06/2020

Snow is nowhere in the forecast, so don't worry if you see snow plows and other equipment on city roads this morning. Crews are out going over their routes and reacquainting themselves with their plows so when the snow comes, we are ready to go!

Consider avoiding the area near King-Commonwealth-Dangerfield & Dangerfield- Diagonal for 3 overnights, starting Sunday,...
11/06/2020

Consider avoiding the area near King-Commonwealth-Dangerfield & Dangerfield- Diagonal for 3 overnights, starting Sunday, Nov. 8. Replacement of electrical lines to the traffic signals requires the power to the traffic signals be turned off. Police Department, City of Alexandria, Virginia will be onsite providing traffic control.

Vacuum Leaf Collection Update: The City has finished the first pass of Zone 2 and will be moving into Zone 3 starting to...
11/05/2020

Vacuum Leaf Collection Update: The City has finished the first pass of Zone 2 and will be moving into Zone 3 starting tomorrow, Fri., Nov. 6. Crews are still collecting leaves in Zone 5A. Please ensure leaves are at the curb by the start date of your zone. Learn more: alexandriava.gov/LeafCollection

While Veterans Day and Thanksgiving do impact some city services and schedules, Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste do NOT c...
11/05/2020

While Veterans Day and Thanksgiving do impact some city services and schedules, Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste do NOT change. Visit alexandriava.gov/6506 for the Holiday schedule for the remainder of 2020.

11/04/2020
Emptying the Purple Bin

Does the sound of glass breaking or a video of the purple glass bin being emptied at the glass crushing facility bring you peace and calm? if so, this is for you. Remember, glass belongs in either your trash or (ideally) dropped at 1 of 5 glass drop off bins in the city or over 25 regionally.

For those who enjoy seeing details of big equipment, we bring you a Leaf Vacuum truck close up. There are a lot of movin...
11/03/2020

For those who enjoy seeing details of big equipment, we bring you a Leaf Vacuum truck close up. There are a lot of moving parts to a leaf vacuum truck. Many thanks to T&ES's Fleet Services team who maintain every little part.

Leaf season is now officially underway. Help Fleet & keep vacuum crews safe: keep stones, litter, branches & other debris out of leaf piles. Learn all about leaf season and find the FAQ here: alexandriava.gov/LeafCollection

Wanting to listen to the staff presentation on the Strawberry Run stream restoration update on Oct. 28? Visit: http://al...
11/03/2020
AlexTV | City of Alexandria, VA

Wanting to listen to the staff presentation on the Strawberry Run stream restoration update on Oct. 28? Visit: http://alexandriava.gov/video/4678 and then visit the project website: alexandriava.gov/118208 to provide feedback on the proposal by Nov. 20

Live video from AlexTV on cable channel 70, and on-demand video of various City programs, meetings, events, public service announcements, and more.

Reminder, staff is asking for feedback on the Alexandria Mobility Plan. The draft plan proposes a strategy to identify w...
11/03/2020

Reminder, staff is asking for feedback on the Alexandria Mobility Plan. The draft plan proposes a strategy to identify ways to improve bus travel times on major transit streets through HOV lanes, intersection improvements, & transit signal priority. Learn more about this and other potential strategies and complete the feedback form found here: alexandriava.gov/mobilityplan by Nov. 8.

Reminder, yard waste is now being collected the same day you receive trash & recycling collection. Please place yard was...
11/02/2020

Reminder, yard waste is now being collected the same day you receive trash & recycling collection. Please place yard waste either in bio degradable bags, a reusable bin clearly marked with a 'yard waste sticker' or loosely bundled. More info: alexandriava.gov/YardWaste

VDOT is studying the feasibility of lowering Route 1 through Arlington for an at-grade boulevard to improve multi-modal ...
11/02/2020

VDOT is studying the feasibility of lowering Route 1 through Arlington for an at-grade boulevard to improve multi-modal options. The first survey is open now through Nov. 15 to identify concerns, priorities, etc. More information, including a link to the survey can be found at virginiadot.org/route1multimodalstudy.

DYK there are food waste drop off stations at 4 farmers' markets in the city? Drop off your pumpkin and kick off a food ...
11/02/2020

DYK there are food waste drop off stations at 4 farmers' markets in the city? Drop off your pumpkin and kick off a food waste composting habit. Staff is available to answer questions about food waste composting or you can visit http://alexandriava.gov/YardWaste to learn more. If you prefer, bury your pumpkin(s) in your yard and look for pumpkin plants in the spring!

Last week, city staff hosted a Strawberry Run project update meeting to update the community on this stream restoration ...
11/01/2020

Last week, city staff hosted a Strawberry Run project update meeting to update the community on this stream restoration project. The presentation, along with a link to an opportunity to provide feedback(deadline Nov. 20) is here: alexandriava.gov/118208

Vacuum leaf collection is back! Starting this Mon., Nov. 2, crews will be in Zones 2 and 5A. Remember, it takes several ...
11/01/2020

Vacuum leaf collection is back! Starting this Mon., Nov. 2, crews will be in Zones 2 and 5A. Remember, it takes several days to do each zone, but make sure your leaves are at the curb at the start of our work in your zone. View more leaf season tips at http://alexandriava.gov/LeafCollection

10/30/2020

It's been a while since we've had so much to share that we've done a 'summary' post, so here goes (lots of links provided for you to learn more), we hope you find the information helpful:

1. Vacuum leaf collection begins this coming Monday, Nov. 2. Visit alexandriava.gov/LeafCollection to learn what zone you are in. We are starting with zones 2 and 5A. Reminder: leaves placed in plastic bags are collected as trash.

2. Yard Waste collection has been on Fridays for the last several months. Starting next week, we are switching back to collection on the day your trash and recycling is collected. Visit alexandriava.gov/YardWaste and help our crews decipher the trash/recycling/yard waste by following the preparation guidelines for each (hint: yard waste in plastic bags is collected as trash). Find links for both trash and recycling preparation guidelines here: alexandriava.gov/ResourceRecovery

3. Strawberry Run: a meeting was held earlier this week to update the community on this stream restoration project. The presentation, along with a link to an opportunity to provide feedback is here: alexandriava.gov/118208 The deadline to provide comments is Nov. 20.

4. Alexandria Mobility Plan. The process to update the city's 2008 Transportation Master Plan now has draft strategies to review and provide feedback on a wide variety of topics from water taxis to curb usage to bus transportation. Visit alexandriava.gov/MobilityPlan and provide comments by Nov. 8

5. Recycling: Please be sure that all items placed in your blue bin for collection are actually items that the city can collect for recycling. When the wrong items are placed in your bin, it causes contamination and costs the city money. Take a moment to visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling to see the full list. Hint: no glass, styrofoam or yard waste goes in the recycling container.

6. Farmer's Market Food Compost: When you are ready to get rid of your pumpkin(s), as long as they do NOT have non-food embellishments such as glitter, paint, etc. they can be brought to one of 4 food waste drop off stations at farmer's markets. The Del Ray, Old Town and Four Mile Run markets food waste stations are open year round, but the West End market is open through Nov. 15 only. Visit alexandriava.gov/FoodWaste for all the details.

7. A note about road safety and celebrations this weekend: The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) and the City of Alexandria strongly urge those celebrating Halloween or Dia de los Muertos to choose lower risk activities recommended by CDC : wear cloth masks over the nose and mouth, maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance at all times, and stay home if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19. Since more people may be out on Halloween, please drive slowly; watch for children in the street and on medians; exit driveways and alleyways carefully.

That's all for now. Have a great weekend!

Starting next week (Nov. 2), yard waste will be collected the same day you receive trash and recycling collection. Pleas...
10/30/2020

Starting next week (Nov. 2), yard waste will be collected the same day you receive trash and recycling collection. Please place yard waste either in bio degradable bags, a reusable bin clearly marked with a 'yard waste sticker' or loosely bundled. More information, including how to get a yard waste sticker can be found at: alexandriava.gov/YardWaste Please note, today Friday, Oct. 30 crews ARE collecting yard waste.

DYK the default city-wide Alexandria speed limit is 25mph. This means unless signed with a different speed limit (school...
10/30/2020

DYK the default city-wide Alexandria speed limit is 25mph. This means unless signed with a different speed limit (school zones, major arterials), you should be traveling no more than 25mph. Speed kills. Slow down. Stop for people in crosswalks.

TES' Traffic Operations & Dominion Energy have been retrofitting city streetlamps with LED lights. Work has been moving ...
10/30/2020

TES' Traffic Operations & Dominion Energy have been retrofitting city streetlamps with LED lights. Work has been moving faster than expected, with about 3000 (30%) of Alexandria’s streetlights now LED. Energy savings to date are more than 900,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) annually.

The Alexandria Mobility Plan proposes a strategy to identify ways to improve bus travel times on major transit streets t...
10/29/2020

The Alexandria Mobility Plan proposes a strategy to identify ways to improve bus travel times on major transit streets through HOV lanes, intersection improvements, & transit signal priority. Learn more about this and other potential strategies here and complete the feedback form found here: alexandriava.gov/mobilityplan by Nov. 8.

Styrofoam™ is NOT recyclable and can cause cardboard to be discarded as trash rather than recycling. Please dispose of f...
10/28/2020

Styrofoam™ is NOT recyclable and can cause cardboard to be discarded as trash rather than recycling. Please dispose of foam, plastic pillows, & plastic film packaging in trash bins. We often see foam in the bottom of the TV & other electronics boxes. #RecycleRight

Remnants from Hurricane Zeta could bring heavy rains to the area starting Thursday. The City is hosting a sandbag distri...
10/28/2020

Remnants from Hurricane Zeta could bring heavy rains to the area starting Thursday. The City is hosting a sandbag distribution event this afternoon. If you want bags and are not able to attend or want more than the 5/person, local hardware stores often stock sandbags. Visit alexandriava.gov/Flooding for information on preparations you can make around your home.

Tonight, from 7-8:30pm, TES and consultants will be hosting a virtual meeting/update on the Strawberry Run stream restor...
10/28/2020

Tonight, from 7-8:30pm, TES and consultants will be hosting a virtual meeting/update on the Strawberry Run stream restoration project. Links to register for the meeting, project background and more can be found here: alexandriava.gov/c/33415

The Alexandria Mobility Plan proposes expanded ferry service as one of it’s strategies to improve mobility. Learn more a...
10/27/2020

The Alexandria Mobility Plan proposes expanded ferry service as one of it’s strategies to improve mobility. Learn more about the proposed plan, including other strategies being proposed and share your input at http://alexandriava.gov/mobilityplan by Nov. 8.

Contamination of the recycling stream refers to items placed in recycle bins (such as glass) that are not actually recyc...
10/26/2020

Contamination of the recycling stream refers to items placed in recycle bins (such as glass) that are not actually recyclable at the recycling facility. This contamination costs the city more money than if you throw items in the trash. Don't be a wish-cycler, be a re-cycler and ensure what you put in the recycle bins is actual material that can be recycled. Visit alexandriava.gov/Recycling to learn what can be recycled city-wide.

VDOT is studying the feasibility of lowering Route 1 through Arlington for an at-grade boulevard to improve multi-modal ...
10/26/2020

VDOT is studying the feasibility of lowering Route 1 through Arlington for an at-grade boulevard to improve multi-modal options. The first survey is open now through Nov. 15 to identify concerns, priorities, etc. More information, including a link to the survey can be found at virginiadot.org/route1multimodalstudy.

Happy #PumpkinDay ! Whether used in cooking, carved or not, you can drop pumpkins at one of the four farmer's market-bas...
10/26/2020

Happy #PumpkinDay ! Whether used in cooking, carved or not, you can drop pumpkins at one of the four farmer's market-based food compost drop-off sites in the city. Or, bury it in your yard and look for pumpkin plants in the spring! Visit http://alexandriava.gov/YardWaste to learn more.

Reminder: Yard Waste Update: yard waste collection this week is being split over 2 days. Crews will be running routes on...
10/24/2020

Reminder: Yard Waste Update: yard waste collection this week is being split over 2 days. Crews will be running routes on both Friday and Saturday. Visit alexandriava.gov/YardWaste to ensure your material is both properly prepared and only includes items the city collects.

10/23/2020

There are three different areas in which the city's TES department is currently seeking feedback (1 closes TODAY):

1. Taylor Run stream restoration (meeting held earlier this month), project information and feedback form (deadline for feedback, TODAY, Oct. 23) here: alexandriava.gov/117629
2. Alexandria Mobility Plan (meeting held earlier this month), project information, including draft strategies and feedback form (deadline Nov. 8) here: alexandriava.gov/MobilityPlan
3. Strawberry Run stream restoration, virtual meeting Oct. 28, 7-8:30pm. Meeting registration information, project information and feedback form (deadline Nov. 20) here: apps.alexandriava.gov/Calendar/Detail.aspx?si=33415

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The City of Alexandria's Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES): * Supports and enhances the high quality of life for the City of Alexandria’s residents, businesses and visitors by providing well planned, environmentally sensitive, cost effective infrastructure and services to promote, personal safety, transportation, transit, and public infrastructure. * Responds and aids in recovery from storms and other emergencies as an integral part of providing and managing public works services. * Provides opportunities for public participation in developing departmental policy issues.

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@Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia I noticed that the city has deployed "speed trailers" along Duke Street heading towards the West End and along Quaker. The speed limit on both roads where the speed trailers are deployed is 35 mph, yet the trailers flash red if you drive 26 mph or above. These trailers have the ability to collect data re: drivers going over the speed limit (and the indicator is typically flashing red lights). Since this is happening when drivers are driving well within the legal limit, I'd like confirmation that the trailers are NOT collecting data re: drivers going 35 mph or under the established speed limit. If the City is collecting the data please advise why the trailers are set to flash red between 26 - 35 mph since that is, again, the legal speed limit. If the City is in fact, collecting this data, how is it compiled since the "flashing red" implies drivers are violating the speed limit which would then skew any data collected by the City UNLESS it shows the actual speed of all drivers in the data.
Did something happen with trash pick up yesterday? My entire street was missed (Braddock Court).
Is there an expected date for resuming yard waste collection?
Is it possible to close a lane in each direction on Braddock between Van dorn and Beauregard to assist in social distancing? The sidewalk is not wide enough and there are people not respecting the space. I’ve had three runners come up behind me and pass within inches. I yell 6 feet and with the mood in this country I’m afraid of being shot. With less traffic closing one line in each direction shouldn’t be a problem.
Not sure if your organization did this but wanted to give a shout to the person(s) responsible for mowing the median on w Braddock between n Hampton and Beauregard. Makes distancing easier with shorter grass!!
Good afternoon! My husband has placed at least three Call, Click, Connect requests for a replacement tree for our front curb easement over the past year (a dying tree was removed by the City). He has never received a response, though several trees have been planted on our block in that time frame. What do you suggest? Thanks!
Do you want to slug from Springfield to DC, not a carpool, but real slugging? Do you have no idea what slugging is? Do you want a free ride to work or do you drive and want to get into the express lanes easy? https://www.facebook.com/groups/SluglinesSpringfield/
I was taking a walk along the bike trail at the Potomac Yards Park - I just loved seeing all the native plants growing along the area by the train tracks - the thistles are being allowed to grow into bushes that were teeming with bees and the wildflowers in that area were attracting butterflies. Please do not cut down the plants in the empty fields - allow them to grow with Queen Anne's Lace, Thistles, Black-eyed Susans and other native flowers for the bees and butterflies. Too soon we will be loosing these areas to make way for Amazon and Virginia Tech. I understand that the plans for the area include some green spaces but they won't be the same as the wild areas with native plants. I'm not against Amazon coming - I'm just hoping to enjoy what we have now while we can.
Shout out of thanks to the folks working at the Hazardous Waste drop-off facility this afternoon. I think I saw 3 fellows working there. I stopped by with an old laptop, old computer monitor, keyboard, several cables, etc; several cans of old paint; old fire extinguishers. One car in front of me; after a minute a fellow came up with a cart and we loaded all items on there.....only took a couple minutes and I drove off. Good service.
You guys are amazing! Called yesterday for a new trash can and was told 4 to 6 days. Arrived home from work and there it was. Not even 24 hours! Thank you!
Lloyds Lane needs to be made no parking on the sidewalk side of the street. Despite the residences all having ample off street parking we end up with cars fully blocking the sidewalk regularly. Doing this is directly in line with project zero.
I went to the Jones Point Park recycling area today but the glass bin was gone. Is this due to a regularly-scheduled pick-up day, and if so, when should I expect the bin to be taken away and returned in general?