Good Wednesday morning, Alexandria!
🌤 Today’s weather: Sunny. Mild. High of 68 and low of 46.
🌤 Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mild. High of 67 and low of 46. Sunrise at 5:53 am and sunset at 8:15 pm.
🚨 You need to know
You might want to take things a little slower when you drive south of Alexandria from now on.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that the speed limit will be reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph from the Alexandria city limits down to Fort Belvoir.
The new signage is set to go up on May 23.
The VDOT release is below:
On May 23, the speed limit on Richmond Highway (Route 1) between Jeff Todd Way/Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and the Alexandria southern city limits will be permanently reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph to optimize safety and operations for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and transit users, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County Department of Transportation.
Signs displaying the new 35 mph speed limit will be installed May 23 along the approximately seven-mile stretch of Richmond Highway.
In August 2021, after hearing from communities along the Richmond Highway corridor, VDOT began a study assessing the current 45 mph speed limit, with two public information meetings held in November 2021 and July 2022. The study team formally recommended lowering the speed limit to 35 mph between Jeff Todd Way/Mount Vernon Memorial Highway and the Alexandria southern city limits due in part to the segment’s high crash rate. The team also found that Richmond Highway between Buckman Road/Mount Vernon Highway and the Alexandria southern city limits had a higher incidence of pedestrian/bicycle crashes and speed-related crashes compared to other sections of Richmond Highway.
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📈 Tuesday’s most read
The following are the most-read ALXnow articles for May 16, 2023.
- JUST IN: One person injured in shooting near the Braddock Road Metro station (2959 views)
- Notes: Real estate sales declining across Northern Virginia (664 views)
- Maryland man busted for allegedly stealing $1,500 in products from Target in Potomac Yard (472 views)
- ACPS says long lines at high school are part of adjustments to new security measures (313 views)
🗞 Other local coverage
- Prepare to Party: Portside in Old Town Summer Festival Returns to Alexandria June 16 and 17
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- Alexandria Old Town Springtime Art Festival Returns to John Carlyle Square May 20–21
Zebra (Tuesday @ 3:21 pm)
- 1 Injured In Old Town West Shooting: Alexandria Police
Patch (Tuesday @ 2:26 pm)
- Cautious Optimism On Flood Mitigation Progress: Advisory Group
Patch (Tuesday @ 1:49 pm)
- Portside in Old Town Summer Festival Set for June 16, 17
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 12:34 pm)
- ‘Town of Potomac’ (Now Del Ray) Added to Historic Endangered Places List
Alexandria Living (Tuesday @ 8:12 am)
📅 Upcoming events
Here is what’s going on today in Alexandria, from our event calendar.
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Like 1799 Prime Steak and Seafood, Hotel AKA (625 First Street) in Old Town North is heading to city review for a permit to dramatically upscale some courtyard seating. The…
Alexandria’s DASH bus network isn’t the only transit agency going through changes: the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Better Bus initiative could impact Alexandria riders. Route 10B runs from Ballston…
More details have been released on the method the former general manager of Hank’s Oyster Bar in Old Town used to allegedly steal $600,000 from the company. The 53-year-old former…
Ask McEnearney discusses home inspection issues and which issues would be a deal breaker.
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Time flies when you’re having fun! The T.C. Williams High School Class of 1973 will hold its 50th reunion July 21-23, 2023 in Alexandria. All graduates and their adult nears and dears are welcome. Events include a Friday evening icebreaker, Saturday dinner dance, and a Sunday brunch. For more information: tcwilliams73.com, 770.789.3534.
Spring Fling at Rising Sol Yoga School
Join us for a day of FREE hot yoga. Experience our class styles and meet our teachers. Buy a bite at the Bake Sale to benefit The Carpenter’s Shelter, peruse some special vendors, take advantage of in-person only discounts on