From Monday through Friday of next week, the Public Works Services Division is scheduled to start resurfacing Seminary Road from N. Howard Street to Library Lane. The work, through the heart of the primarily residential Seminary Hill neighborhood, will take place between 8 p.m.-5 a.m.
“The City recognizes that night paving will be an inconvenience to residents living along this section of Seminary Road,” the city said in a press release. “However, night paving of Seminary west of N. Howard Street will enable the work to be completed more quickly and safely, due to that section’s proximity to I-395. The City contractor will be working under a noise variance permit and will take steps to mitigate noise as much as possible.”
The second segment of the resurfacing, between N. Howard Street and N. Quaker Lane, is scheduled to take place between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. from the following Monday, Oct. 21, to Monday, Oct. 28.
The press release noted that drivers should expect short-term lane closures and parking restrictions on side streets, but roads will fully reopen to traffic at the end of each work day. The planned work will not be taking place over weekends.
After the street is repaved, crews will restripe it in alignment with the city’s Complete Streets plan.
“The changes will take the road from four travel lanes to two travel lanes, a center turn lane, and buffered bike lanes,” the press release said. “Additional pedestrian improvements, including crosswalks, islands and a temporary sidewalk will also be added. Seminary Road was identified in the City’s Transportation Master Plan for potential improvements to ensure safety, mobility and accessibility for all roadway users.”
(Updated at 11:30 a.m.) Traffic is slow from Seminary Road to Duke Street after a crash and reported medical emergency in the southbound lanes of I-395.
The incident was reported shortly before 11 a.m., underneath the Duke Street overpass. Initial reports suggest that a driver suffered a medical emergency and crashed. It was not immediately clear whether how many other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Virginia State Police, along with Alexandria and Arlington firefighters and medics, rushed to the scene. First responders arriving on scene reported that they were performing CPR on the driver.
As of 11:15 a.m. two lefthand lanes of I-395 were blocked by the emergency activity.
A second crash along I-395 in the same area, involving a sedan and a dump truck, was reported just prior to 11:30 a.m.
Traffic on either side of the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge is expected to come to a standstill shortly before midnight tonight (Tuesday) due to a passing ship.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) tweeted earlier this afternoon that the span would be opened around 11:30 p.m. to allow a 247.5-foot “superyacht” to pass through. The closure is likely to cause traffic backups on the Beltway.
“Expect delays and consider alternate routes,” the transit agency warned commuters.
Alexandria: The Woodrow Wilson Bridge will open tonight at 11:30PM to allow the Bella Vita yacht (Google it) through. Expect delays and consider alternate routes. @MDSHA
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) October 1, 2019
The ship causing all the fuss is the Bella Vita, a six-deck vessel for up to 12 guests and 22 crew.
According to its website, the Bella Vita costs $708,872 a week to charter and comes with a movie theatre, salon and gym — and is described by owner Moran Yacht & Ship as a “rugged luxury yacht.”
Formerly known as the Northern Star, the luxury yacht was built in 2009 and was at one point valued at $181 million, before being remodeled.
The Wilson bridge rarely opens, but makes exceptions for large ships, like the historic tall ships on their annual pilgrimage to Alexandria.
Image via Flickr/Geoff Livingston