King Street Paving Project
This month, construction crews will be at work repairing concrete and brick curbs, and gutters, resurfacing the asphalt and improving the crosswalks on King Street. Starting Sunday, June 5, the City will begin paving work on King Street between The Strand and Diagonal Road. The paving, scheduled to take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, is likely to last 30 days. However, weather conditions or equipment complications may cause delays, in which case the project will be completed as soon as possible.
Please be aware of the following during this project:
- Parking will be maintained on one side of the street at all times during construction operations (8 pm to 6 am). However, some parking impacts will be unavoidable. Temporary No Parking signs will be posted on each block prior to any construction activity; please respect these signs to allow our crews to complete this project as quickly as possible.
- The City has obtained a noise permit for this project and City inspectors will be on duty at all times to ensure that the contractors abide by the permit.
- Traffic, including the King Street Trolley and DASH bus service, will be re-directed during paving hours. To facilitate traffic control, the City will post signs on side streets and use message boards, flaggers, barricades, and signs on King Street. Detours will be established from King Street to Prince (eastbound) and Cameron (westbound). Please observe traffic detours and signs.
- Construction crews have been instructed to minimize impact to overhanging tree branches. Our City Arborist will be monitoring the situation throughout the project.
- City T&ES staff will be on the scene for the duration of the project.
- Streets will be re-striped as soon as practical following resurfacing.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you may experience during this project and we appreciate your patience and support.
For additional information, contact Rashad Friday, Project Manager, at 703.746.4049.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is this project?
The project improvements will take place on King Street between Strand Street and Diagonal Road near the King Street Metro.
When will this project take place?
Milling and paving activities will occur during the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and construction is expected to last approximately 30 days.
Why is the City paving King Street at night?
King Street is a critical commercial corridor which is also located in a densely-populated residential area. Because of this, any construction project will be inconvenient and the City appreciates the patience of residents, visitors and business owners. Nighttime operations significantly reduce or eliminate traffic congestion and delays associated with daytime operations. Night paving can help improve safety of road crews and drivers while the elimination of traffic delays/idling leads to air quality improvements and lower fuel consumption. Nighttime operations often allow higher productivity levels because of less interference from traffic and longer working hours.
What will the City do about noise during this project?
The City has obtained a noise permit to perform this construction work which cannot be completed during normal hours. City inspectors will be on-site throughout the project to coordinate with contractors and take all measures possible to reduce construction noise.
What types of impacts will this project have on traffic and parking?
Parking will be maintained on one side of the street at all times during construction operations (8 pm to 6 am). Temporary No Parking signs will be posted on each block prior to any construction activity. Traffic in the immediate area – including the King Street Trolley and DASH – will be re-directed during paving operations. To facilitate traffic control, the City will post signs on side streets and use message boards, flaggers, barricades, and signs on King Street. Detours will be established from King Street to Prince (eastbound) and Cameron (westbound).
Why is this project taking place?
King Street has not been resurfaced in approximately 20 years. In that time, the combination of heavy traffic and numerous utility cuts have degraded the quality of the road, making a paving project necessary.
Where is the funding coming for this project?
Funding for King Street Paving in the amount of $863,000 was included in the FY2010 Capital Improvement Program and approved by City Council for the roadway resurfacing, concrete/brick curb-and-gutter and sidewalk work.
King Street is in need of repaving, but what about my street?
The City uses a comprehensive pavement management system to regularly assess conditions, analyze budget needs, perform routine maintenance (such as pothole repair) and undertake paving projects. Paved roads – especially those with heavy truck traffic and in urban areas such as Alexandria – should be resurfaced every 8-12 years in order to maintain a good quality surface. However, the City has very limited funds to spend on resurfacing City-owned roads. Each April, the City posts online a list of streets that have been identified in the pavement management system as in need of repair. The City focuses its limited maintenance funds on streets that are in the most need. The 2011-12 street list is online here.
How many miles of road are resurfaced in Alexandria each year?
Because paved roads– especially those with heavy truck traffic and in urban areas such as Alexandria – should be resurfaced every 8-12 years in order to maintain a good quality surface, it is the City’s goal to resurface 10% (or approximately 50 miles) of the City’s lane miles each year. However, due to limited funding, this is not possible and the City typically resurfaces between 15 and 20 miles of lane miles annually.
How does the City decide which roads (lane miles) should be resurfaced first?
The City’s pavement maintenance efforts are based on field condition evaluations of pavement conditions utilizing the City’s Pavement Management System. Pavement management systems are sets of tools or methods that can assist decision-makers in finding cost-effective strategies for providing, evaluating and maintaining pavement in serviceable condition.
How is the paving program funded?
The current City budget for street resurfacing is approximately $1 million, with another $600,000 for pothole patching. Larger projects such as the King Street improvements and planned resurfacing of Edsall Road may be added to the City’s annual efforts as Capital Improvement Projects because these large projects cannot be completed within the annual budget.
Can I contact City Council or submit a petition to have my road resurfaced?
The City focuses its limited maintenance funds on streets that are in most need. You may visit the City’s Contact Us page to submit comments to T&ES regarding paving or the City Council website here.
Additional information about the City’s paving management program is available on the T&ES Operations and Maintenance web site.