Alexandria Prepares for Spring: Gateway Cleaning, Pothole Patrol, Street Sweeping and Mulch Order/Delivery

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Alexandria Prepares for Spring: Gateway Cleaning, Pothole Patrol, Street Sweeping and Mulch Order/Delivery

­­For Immediate Release: April 1, 2021

The City of Alexandria is preparing for warmer weather with its annual spring beautification efforts, including gateway cleaning, mulch delivery, pothole repair, and street sweeping.

Gateway Cleaning

The spring gateway cleaning is scheduled to begin Saturday, April 10 and continue each Saturday, until all gateway areas are complete. The primary focus of the clean-up is to “spruce up” the entry points to the city. The gateways included in the spring cleaning program are Telegraph Road, Duke Street/I-395, Van Dorn Street/Eisenhower Avenue, and SeminaryRoad/I-395. Several areas throughout Alexandria will receive enhanced litter collection as part of the beautification effort. 

Mulch Delivery or Pickup

The City is currently accepting orders for a limited supply of wood mulch made from previously collected Christmas trees. Once the supply of wood mulch is exhausted, leaf mulch will be available. Deliveries begin Monday, April 5, and run through June. Delivery dates and times are limited, and appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $65 delivery charge.

Free mulch is also available for residents to pick up at 4215 Eisenhower Ave., Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No commercial vehicles and machinery are permitted at the mulch site; the area is under surveillance. Call Alex311 to report a violation and call 911 for an immediate emergency. Visit for more information.

Spring Pothole Patrol

The City began repairing potholes early this year, but the official spring pothole patrol begins Monday, April 5. Alexandria is divided into 11 zones and crews will work diligently on multiple zones at a time to ensure each zone gets one pass. This is a moving operation and residents should expect periodic lane closures throughout the city. The spring pothole patrol only covers major street networks and does not include public alleys and parking spaces. 

After the spring pothole patrol, which is estimated to be completed by Friday, April 30, residents should report potholes using Alex311 or by calling 703.746.4311. Visit for more information.

Street Sweeping

Citywide street sweeping began March 1, and will take approximately 12 weeks to complete one pass of cleaning. Crews keep neighborhoods and commercial corridors clean and protect waterways from debris runoff by regularly sweeping 560 lane miles. The street sweeping program includes three major groups: commercial sweeping, no parking sweeping, and residential sweeping.

Please observe posted “No Parking” restrictions on street sweeping blocks, as well as any temporary “No Parking” signs that may be posted in some neighborhoods to help facilitate debris removal. In the event of inclement weather, street sweeping will not occur; however, parking restrictions still apply, as Parking Enforcement follows the ordinance, not the weather. To request additional street sweeping, please use Alex311 or call 703.746.4311.

Visit for more information about the City’s spring preparations.

For inquiries from the news media only, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at or 703.746.3959.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact or call 703.746.4990, Virginia Relay 711.

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