Commonwealth Ave Paving Project 2021

Page updated on Jun 3, 2021 at 1:01 PM

Project Summary

The City of Alexandria is repaving Commonwealth Avenue during the month of June 2021. The overall paving project will start at the intersection of Cameron Street and Commonwealth Avenue, then proceed northbound to West Braddock Road. It is anticipated that the project will be broken into two phases for construction. Construction will consist of:

Current Progress

  • Curb and gutter improvements as needed
  • Improving select ADA ramps (Americans with Disabilities)
  • Improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks 
  • Relocation of fire hydrant
  • Installation of concrete median

Planned Paving

Phase 1

The first phase of milling and paving will include Commonwealth Avenue, from King Street to East and West Walnut Street. The scheduled dates are June 7, 2021 and will conclude June 10, 2021.

Phase 2

The second phase will include, from East/West Walnut to East Braddock Avenue. It is anticipated to begin in June 11, 2021 and conclude June 17, 2021.

Scheduling is highly dependent on weather conditions.

Construction Impacts

The work will occur in five-block sections with the intent to complete each section within five days. Please be aware of the following during this project

No vehicles may be parked on the affected street sections during the work. Temporary No Parking signs will be posted prior to any construction activity. In the event of delays, temporary signs will be adjusted accordingly. Traffic in the immediate and surrounding area will to be re-directed--please observe traffic detours and other traffic signs. City staff will be on the scene for the duration of the project. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: What days and time will the repaving occur?

A1: The repaving work will happen during the day, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., except on City holidays. No weekend work will occur. 

Q2: Will repaving equipment be left on the street?

A2: The repaving equipment will have a designated staging area.

Q3: Will the entire street be closed within a 4 to 5 block repaving segment?

A3: No. We plan to close half the street at a time per 4 to 5 block repaving segments. There will be guidance on how through traffic should proceed during the repaving work.  Most traffic will be redirected to Russell Road, with an exception of local residents, emergency vehicles and transportation vehicles.

Q4: Will a City employee be available to answer questions?

A4: City staff inspectors will be on-site during the repaving work. 

Project Contact

For more information, or with questions about the paving project, please contact Public Works Capital Program Manager Mary Alice Winston at