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Commonwealth Avenue Improvements Proposed In Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA — A portion of Commonwealth Avenue in the Rosemont area is scheduled to be repaved in 2021, and the city is seeking feedback on improvements that could go along with it.

The city’s Transportation & Environmental Services Department presented draft design plans for the Commonwealth Avenue Complete Streets Project with improvements aimed at better accommodating all roadway users. The improvements would apply on portions of the road between Braddock Road and King Street.

A draft map of the potential improvements shows new high visibility pedestrian crossings are being considered at various intersections along Commonwealth Avenue, as well as traffic-calming measures. Another improvement shown in the design plans is the replacement of curb ramps with ADA-compliant ones. Residents can view the draft design proposal with detailed images of different intersections.

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3 Major Floods Spur Push For Improvements In Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Vanessa Pineiro could see the drain on her street from a window in her Rosemont home on Sept. 10. Around 1:45 p.m., the drain stopped taking in rain, and water began collecting on the street. According to her estimations, the flooding began 10 to 15 minutes after the drain had filled.

Lucky for her, she had moved her car up the street to avoid flooding, and home repairs tied to the last flash flood on July 23 hadn’t started yet. Around 3 p.m., the water was receding, but the damage was done.

Pineiro and her husband used to live at a house at a higher elevation and bought their newest house even after July 8, 2019, flooding affected the area.

“We bought this house knowing that happened, but it was supposed to be [a] 100-year-flood,” she said, referring to a flood that has a 1 in 100

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