Manager's Report - May 16, 2014

Page updated on May 16, 2014 at 5:46 PM

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Update: King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project

The King Street and The Strand Flood Mitigation Project, which began September 2013, is anticipated to be completed by the end of May. Installation of backflow devices, used to help lessen nuisance flooding caused by tidal backup in the storm sewer system, will begin the week of May 19, and continue for about one week. The installation was originally scheduled to occur in mid-March, but was delayed due to manufacturing and delivery issues. The backflow devices will be installed inside an existing manhole in King Street Park. The installation will be confined to a small area within the Park, which will remain accessible to the public, except for one of two east-west walkways leading to the water and a small area next to the manhole. Measures will be taken to protect trees, grass and other features. Disruption of traffic flows on King Street, The Strand or other nearby streets will be minimized. While the work is being completed, parking in the area will continue to have normal ingress and egress. The City will monitor the performance of these improvements following the installation.


King Street Bicycle Lanes and Pedestrian Improvements Implementation Begins

The first phase of the King Street Bicycle Lanes and Pedestrian Improvements project, which included concrete work to construct curb ramps and street surface repair work, was completed last week. The second phase of the project which involves installation of crosswalks, green bicycle lanes, new signs and speed boards began on May 12, and pending weather conditions, will be completed within a few weeks.


Taylor Run Sanitary Sewer and Stream Restoration Project

The City of Alexandria will be employing the services of a contractor to construct sanitary sewer upgrades on Janneys Lane at the intersection with Taylor Run Parkway, and to perform stream restoration work in Taylor Run within the same vicinity. The work will be mobilized the week of May 19, and construction is expected to be completed in six months. The work will require intermittent lane closures in the vicinity during non-peak hours. Access through the area and adjacent properties will be maintained at all times. There will be no lane closures on Janneys Lane during rush hour. Temporary pedestrian detours will be provided when closure of crosswalks is required.


37th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival Scheduled for Monday, May 26

The City of Alexandria will host the 37th Annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival on Monday, May 26, beginning at 1 p.m. at Waterfront Park. The Memorial Day Jazz Festival features a variety of talented and diverse styles of jazz throughout the day featuring the U. S. Army Blues; Ocho de Bastos; Earl Carter featuring Phillip Martin; Blue Crescent Syncopators; and Seth Kibel & Bay Jazz Project.


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