Friday, October 17, 2014

The St. Rita 5k Tomorrow Morning!!

The St. Rita 5k is SaturdayMorning!!

St Rita's Catholic Church on Russel Road in Arlandria hosts its 11th Annual 5k and Fun Run on October 18th at 8:30am.

In addition to some sweet cash awards for top three men and women and top masters man and woman, race organizers are also giving away age group awards of gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses: some great places in Del Ray and Old Town and Z Pizza locations in Springfield, Arlington, Alexandria, Lorton and Falls Church, Pacers too.

PLUS some really nice awards for the children.

AND our race bags are awesome. Coupons for free food at area restaurants, Uber credits, coupons for savings from local businesses, water bottles, etc!!

You can register at www.strita5k.com.

See below about temporary road closures to accommodate the runners!

All the info:

DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2014
TIME: 9:00 am to 12 pm- set-up of race will begin earlier
PLACE: The race starts and ends at Cora Kelly School, 3600 Commonwealth Avenue.

STREET CLOSURES: 
  • North end of Commonwealth Avenue from Frank Mann Field to the Four Mile Run Trail.
  • Right-hand lane of Mount Vernon Avenue from Four Mile Road to South Glebe Road.

PARK CLOSURES: 
  • The Alexandria Four Mile Run Park Bike Trail will be closed to cyclist from Route 1 to Mount Vernon Avenue on the Alexandria side of the trail from 9 am to 11 am. It will be open to pedestrians.

There will be a children’s fun after the beginning of the competitive race, so bring your kids!

Call Lisa McNichols at 703-549-1104 or Jude Prabaharan at (703)864-9883 or email Lisa at lisadonofrio@hotmail.com or Jude at jprabaharan@gmail.com, with any questions. 

Visit the website for more information or to register: www.strita5k.com 

Monday, October 13, 2014

The St. Rita 5k is this coming Saturday!!


The St. Rita 5k is this coming Saturday!!

St Rita's Catholic Church on Russel Road in Arlandria hosts its 11th Annual 5k and Fun Run on October 18th at 8:30am.

In addition to some sweet cash awards for top three men and women and top masters man and woman, race organizers are also giving away age group awards of gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses: some great places in Del Ray and Old Town and Z Pizza locations in Springfield, Arlington, Alexandria, Lorton and Falls Church, Pacers too.

PLUS some really nice awards for the children.

AND our race bags are awesome. Coupons for free food at area restaurants, Uber credits, coupons for savings from local businesses, water bottles, etc!!

You can register at www.strita5k.com.

See below about temporary road closures to accommodate the runners!

All the info:

DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2014
TIME: 9:00 am to 12 pm- set-up of race will begin earlier
PLACE: The race starts and ends at Cora Kelly School, 3600 Commonwealth Avenue.

STREET CLOSURES: 
  • North end of Commonwealth Avenue from Frank Mann Field to the Four Mile Run Trail.
  • Right-hand lane of Mount Vernon Avenue from Four Mile Road to South Glebe Road.

PARK CLOSURES: 
  • The Alexandria Four Mile Run Park Bike Trail will be closed to cyclist from Route 1 to Mount Vernon Avenue on the Alexandria side of the trail from 9 am to 11 am. It will be open to pedestrians.

There will be a children’s fun after the beginning of the competitive race, so bring your kids!

Call Lisa McNichols at 703-549-1104 or Jude Prabaharan at (703)864-9883 or email Lisa at lisadonofrio@hotmail.com or Jude at jprabaharan@gmail.com, with any questions. 

Visit the website for more information or to register: www.strita5k.com 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Take the Survey / Edit the Map: Ped & Bike Plan Update

Check out the Online Interactive Wikimap and Survey for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update:


The City of Alexandria's Bike and Pedestrian Planners are seeking your help with their Master Plan update. Here's how you can provide input:

The Interactive Crowdsourcing Wikimap allows you to provide input to the City about walking and bicycling routes and concerns, by adding comments, points, line and photos.
  • Click HERE to access the WIKIMAP in English
  • Por favor haga clic AQUI para acceder el WIKIMAPA en Español

The online survey is designed to help the project team develop recommendations for how the City can improve the environment for walking and biking.
  • Click HERE to access the survey in English
  • Por favor haga clic AQUI para acceder la encuesta en Español


About the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update and Development of the Complete Streets Design Guidelines:

The City of Alexandria Department of Transportation & Environmental Services is currently conducting the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, and is conducting a number of public engagement activities over the Summer/Fall. 



As part of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update, the City is seeking community input on existing walking and bicycle issues and needs, and ideas for improving the environment for walking and biking.  

An online survey and interactive map can be accessed from the project webpage www.alexandriava.gov/pedbikeplan

Background Information

The FY 2014 Interdepartmental Work Program approved by City Council on May 29, 2013 identified the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan update as a planning effort to begin in FY 2014.  The City’s 2008 Transportation Master Plan envisions a transportation system that encourages the use of alternative modes of transportation, reduces dependence on the automobile, and promotes a balance between travel efficiency and quality of life. The City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, also completed in 2008, is a supporting technical document to the Transportation Master Plan that provides additional planning guidance for pedestrian and bicycle projects. Since then, the City has adopted a Complete Streets Policy leading to the implementation of a number of pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, and initiated the Capital Bikeshare program, both of which continue to expand citywide.

The City is updating the Pedestrian and Bicycle chapters of the Transportation Master Plan to reflect changes that have occurred since 2008, including the Complete Streets policy, Capital Bikeshare program, and a move toward implementing on-street bicycle facilities. In addition, the City will be developing a Complete Streets Design Guidelines Manual.


Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan Update

The update of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will include an evaluation of existing conditions, issues, constraints and needs, as well as a review of existing policies, goals and objectives. Both a pedestrian and bicycle network will be developed to identify short and long term projects, future bikeshare station locations, and actions and strategies to implement the plan.  The update will be reflected in new pedestrian and bicycle chapters in the City’s Transportation Master Plan, and will include a separate technical appendix. Both the chapter updates and technical appendix will serve as an update to both the Transportation Master Plan chapters, and the 2008 Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Geralyn.Taylor@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4084, Virginia Relay 711.
For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/PedBikePlan or contact Steve Sindiong, Principal Transportation Planner at Steve.Sindiong@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4047

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Power Lines & Bigger Substations: October 1st Dominion Power Open House

Much of the discussion about a new proposal from Dominion Power has focused on deciding along which route they will run the new high-voltage power lines across Alexandria to Arlington, but a lesser discussed aspect of the proposal involves what will happen at the substations at either end of the new lines.

Along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Dominion and its partner Pepco envision enlarging the existing substation on the former GenOn power plant. While they don't expect to expand the property, the substation itself would expand within the existing property and take up much of its space, bringing it closer to the park's roadway.

Along South Glebe Road, however, Dominion has indicated that more property will be needed to host an expanded substation. From their website:
Work at Dominion’s Glebe Substation will require construction inside an expanded footprint to accommodate a new line and new equipment to support reliability needs to local residents and businesses.
Dominion is offering the chance for the public to engage with them regarding the proposal. They are hosting an informational open house to learn more about proposed plans to add a new 230kV electric transmission line between its Glebe Substation, located at the intersection of S. Glebe Road and S. Eads Street in Arlington County, and Pepco’s Potomac River Substation at the intersection of Slaters Lane and E. Abingdon Drive in the City of Alexandria.

While there will not be a formal presentation, the public is welcome to speak with subject matter experts who will be available to answer specific questions:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (drop by anytime during these hours)
Mount Vernon Community School
2601 Commonwealth Avenue
Alexandria, VA






Late last Spring, Dominion Virginia Power has approached the City of Alexandria regarding Dominion’s proposal to construct a new 230-kilovolt underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington in the vicinity of Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard. The project enlarge and upgrade equipment at the existing switching station on E. Abingdon Drive in Alexandria, and connect it to the Glebe Substation on S. Glebe Road in Arlington.

On September 11th, the City's newly formed Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group held its first meeting to examine the effects of the proposal.  Dominion Virginia Power identified nine preliminary alignments for the new transmission line connecting these two substations. Dominion indicated that they intend to file with the State Corporation Commission by the end of November for the project.

Dominion Virginia Power will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, October 1st from 5-8pm at the Mount Vernon School (Community Room) located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. 

For more info see the project page on the City's website:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Possible Routes for New High-voltage Underground Powerline

Dominion Virginia Power has approached the City of Alexandria regarding Dominion’s proposal to construct a new 230-kilovolt underground transmission line between Alexandria and Arlington in the vicinity of Jefferson Davis Highway and Potomac Yard. The project enlarge and upgrade equipment at the existing switching station on E. Abingdon Drive in Alexandria, and connect it to the Glebe Substation on S. Glebe Road in Arlington. 

On September 11th, the City's newly formed Underground Transmission Line and Substation Working Group held its first meeting to examine the effects of the proposal.  Dominion Virginia Power identified nine preliminary alignments for the new transmission line connecting these two substations. Dominion indicated that they intend to file with the State Corporation Commission by the end of November for the project. 

Dominion Virginia Power will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday, October 1st from 5-8pm at the Mount Vernon School (Community Room) located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. 

For more info see the project page on the City's website: