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Project Implementation
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Backlick Run Stream Bank Stabilization Phase II

The City of Alexandria awarded a contract to Environmental Quality Resources LLC, of Millersville, Maryland for the construction of the second and final phase of Backlick Run stream embankment repairs. This project is divided into two distinct construction sites located at the east and west ends of the existing concrete channel. The work on the east site  involves  concrete repairs to the spillway along with rip-rap placement downstream and on the embankments.  The work on the west site involves replacement of the concrete embankment protection adjacent to Armistead Boothe Park.  Rip-rap is rock normally used to protect embankments against erosion. The purpose of the project is to prevent further erosion of the north bank and to restore channel geometry to original conditions.

During Tropical Storm Lee, which occurred from September 5 through September 9, 2011, the City experienced severe flooding along Backlick Run. The flooding associated with that storm event caused  severe erosion of the stream embankments

Construction will begin in February 2015 and will last for approximately 180 days.  Construction access to the east site will be from Duke Street through Ben Brenman Park. Construction access to the west site will be from Edsall Road through Armistead Boothe Park via the park access drive.

Baclick Run Stream Bank Stabilization photo      Backlick Run Stream Bank Stabilization photo

Left Photo:  Eastern site - Area of channel concrete repairs near Ben Brenman Park

Right Photo: Western site - Area of concrete enbankment repairs near Cameron Station West End Park

Windmill Hill Shoreline Rehabilitation Project

Windmill Hill

Consistent with the City Council approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park plan, the City of Alexandria is working with a design team led by Kimley-Horn, with input from the community, to implement the replacement of the current bulkhead and shoreline improvements.  Additional information can be found on the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Department's Windmill Hill Park page.

City Sewer Rehabilitation Projects  

The Department of Project Implementation is undertaking several sewer rehabilitation projects around the City.  These projects are described in detail on the City Sewer Rehabilitation Projects page.

Burke Library Stormwater Management Improvements

The City of Alexandria will be employing the services of Sagres Construction Company for the construction of stormwater management improvements at the Burke Library. The purpose of the project is to improve the water quality of stormwater runoff discharging into the city storm sewer system.  

The intended improvements for this site will include construction of a bio-retention facility and a below-grade prefabricated filtration device.  The improvements will provide filtration of stormwater runoff in the area. The bio-retention facility will be landscaped, thereby increasing tree canopy coverage while reducing mowing requirements. Additionally, minor changes will be made to the parking lot so there will be no loss of parking spaces due to the addition of the stormwater management improvements. The construction began in January 2015 and will be completed in March 2015.   Construction access to the site will be from Library Lane.

For further information please contact the Project Manager, David Fehr, P.E., at 703.282.9619 or

Burke Library from Library Lane

  Burke Library from Library Lane


Alexandria Waterfront  

Alexandria Waterfront Phase I Design Approved

On June 14, 2014, the City Council approved Phase I of the City's Waterfront Landscape and Flood Mitigation Design Project. This design builds on the illustrative concept design for the Waterfront that is shown in the City's Waterfront Small Area Plan (SAP) approved in January 2012. The Phase I design is a major step forward in the implementation process for the SAP and it reflects a strong collaborative effort between the City, the Community, and the consultant teams from The Olin Studio and URS Corporation . The design provides connectivity along the Waterfront from Tidelock Park in the north to Windmill Hill Park in the south, it increases visual and physical accessibility to and from the water, it enhances and improves public spaces, it provides other amenities, and it accommodates the historic outcome of the City-Old Dominion Boat Club negotiations . Phase II of the design will begin in fall 2014. Read more about the City's Waterfront SAP Implementation effort. 


Additional Project Updates

Completed Department of Project Implementation Projects






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