Manager's Report - 20 Sep 2013

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Median Household Income in Virginia Declines

According to the Census Bureau, median income for Virginia households decreased more than 2 percent last year. A September 19 Washington Post article noted several economists attribute the decrease to budget cuts in Washington that affected the entire state even before "sequestration" cuts took effect in 2013. According to the Post article, Census figures show the median income for Virginia households fell in a single year by $1,400, to less than $62,000.  Census figures for Alexandria (which were not included in the article) show the decrease in the city’s median household income was less than the statewide average, declining from $82,748 in 2011 to $81,160 in 2012. In previous years, Alexandria’s median household income has been lower, between $77,000 and $78,000 in 2009 and 2010.

Update:  VDOT’s I-395 HOV/Transit Ramp Project

To improve access for HOV and transit users working at or near the Mark Center site, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will construct a reversible High Occupancy Vehicle/Transit ramp on I-395 at Seminary Road.  This project includes an additional northbound auxiliary lane on I-395 connecting the northbound on-ramp at Duke Street to the northbound off-ramp at Seminary Road.  This 0.8 mile auxiliary lane will ease congestion as motorists enter and exit I-395.  The Commonwealth has allocated $80 million for the construction of this ramp.  Construction is anticipated to begin late 2013 or early 2014 with an estimated completion date of spring 2016.  VDOT will conduct a “Pardon Our Dust” meeting, on Tuesday, October 1, where the design/build team will discuss the basic concepts and work activities of the project and answer any questions. The meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be held in the Hammond Middle School Auditorium (4646 Seminary Road.) 

T&ES Performs Asphalt Preventative Maintenance

The City’s Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), Maintenance Division will be conducting a pilot test to seal cracks in approximately 10 City streets next week. Staff will use a new preventative maintenance technique to extend the asphalt’s useful life without the full expense of resurfacing. This technique is widely used throughout the region by various organizations, including the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Arlington County, and the District of Columbia. 

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