Manager's Report - May 23, 2014

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T&ES  Resource Recovery Division: Changing the Way We Think About Trash

The Solid Waste Division of the Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) has changed its name to the Resource Recovery Division.  This new name more appropriately reflects how the City manages refuse and recycling. Whether it’s metal from recycling, compost from food scraps, mulch from yard waste or creating steam to generate electricity from trash, the City is extracting something of value from what has traditionally been considered trash. The timing of the name change coincides with the launch of several new yard waste services in Alexandria earlier this month, and expanded recycling initiatives later this year. It also reflects the City’s commitment to its Strategic Plan and the Eco-City Alexandria goal to reach a 60% recycling rate by 2030. The term ‘resource recovery’ was originally linked to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, which helped the Environmental Protection Agency establish a framework for the management of non-hazardous solid wastes.  It is also an advanced solid waste methodology that is being adopted by progressive jurisdictions throughout the country.

Update: King Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements

The second phase of project implementation is underway.  Variable message speed signs have been installed, and marking and sign installation is in progress. Department of Transportation and Environmental Services crews are painting the bike lanes a darker shade of green than was originally tested.  Both shades are approved by the Federal Highway Administration, and have been tested for safety and visibility, but the darker shade fits better with the residential character of the street. The green paint is being installed with this project due to the grade of the roadway and the speed differential between cyclists and vehicles.  The paint also provides more visibility and increased safety for all users.  

T&ES Celebrates National Public Works Week, May 18-24

National Public Works Week is celebrated each year to recognize the importance of public works projects, programs and services in the community. This year’s theme is "Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.” The Department of Transportation & Environmental Services would like to thank their employees and other City agencies that help with various services, projects, and programs throughout the year.

Secretary of Virginia Department of Transportation Meets with Alexandria Officials

On May 20, City officials met with Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne and his senior staff, to discuss City and State transportation projects, plans and priorities.  The City updated state officials on the status of several local projects, including the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station, High Capacity Transit Corridors, and the I-395 HOV/Transit Ramp. City officials had an opportunity to discuss funding needs and opportunities. 

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