Traffic Operations

The Traffic Operations Division is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all traffic signals and road signs that are part of the City's computer integrated traffic signal system.

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Intersection - Washington & Prince St(2)

Traffic Operations coordinates with other divisions within Transportation & Environmental Services and other City agencies to ensure that our City's roads and parking areas are safe and well maintained.

This Division also manages the City's pavement marking and roadway striping program as well as all single and multi-space parking meters located throughout the City.

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What's New


LED Streetlight Replacement

The divisions of Traffic Operations and Mobility Services continue to work with Dominion Energy on retrofitting city streetlamps with LED lights. Over 3800 retrofits have been completed to date - that’s nearly 40% of Alexandria’s streetlights. The remaining streetlamps within the City’s right-of-way are scheduled to be retrofitted to LED over the next 12 to 18 months.  

LED lights have environmental, safety, and cost benefits. They:

  • Last five times longer than incandescent lights
  • Reduce energy consumption by 90%
  • Burn brighter
  • Save the City money
  • Align with the City's Eco-City Alexandria and Vision Zero goals   

The project is currently focused completing remaining retrofits on the city’s arterial and collector streets such as Route 1, King Street, Braddock Road, and Glebe Road, and will be starting to transition to residential neighborhoods in early 2022 once the arterial and collector roadways have been completed.

 As of October 2021, many arterial streets have been successfully retrofitted, including Van Dorn Street, Eisenhower Avenue, Duke Street, Washington Street, and N. Quaker Lane.  In addition, all of the fixtures in the Cameron Station neighborhood and the Carlyle area have been transitioned to LED.

Multi-Space Parking Meters
The City operates two types of multi-space parking meters.  In the Carlyle and Potomac Yard areas of the City, the meters require entry of a license plate number at the meter.  For these Pay by Plate meters, a receipt is not required to be displayed in the vehicle, as the license plate information and parking session expiration is remotely transmitted to Parking Enforcement Officers.  In the Old Town area of the City, the meters are Pay and Display, where a receipt is purchased at the meter and must be placed in a visible location on the passenger side dashboard of the vehicle.

Changes to Maximum Parking Hours 
Please note that the maximum hours for parking has increased from 2 hours to 3 hours for select areas of the Old Town and John Carlyle areas of the City.   Meter feeding to extend parking time beyond the posted maximum time is still prohibited.   To avoid a parking citation, you must move your car to a parking space on another block if you wish to continue parking in the metered areas.  For more information, please visit the Parking District Restrictions website.

The City of Alexandria uses the ParkMobile app for customers to pay by phone for metered parking. The same system is used in the District of Columbia, Arlington County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County. After downloading the free app and creating an account, customers can quickly use the app each time they park by choosing the zone number printed on parking signs and pay stations. The app will also show the zone numbers on a map, and will suggest the closest zones for easy selection. please visit Pay-by-Phone for more information.

Traffic Signals

T&ES maintains 265 traffic signals and warning lights throughout the City. In 2016, Traffic Operations completed a project to have LED technology installed, or retrofitted on all traffic signals. Traffic signals in Alexandria are now 100% LED! 

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Traffic Operations works on all:

  • Signalized Intersections
  • School Flashing Lights
  • Flashing Warning Lights
  • Pedestrian Rapid Flash Beacons

Note: For Emergency Assistance with a malfunctioning or damaged traffic signal, please call 311 or 703.746.4311 (during normal office hours) or contact us online 24/7.  


Stop Sign small Del Ray Street Sign

The Traffic Operations Division also installs and maintains all public signs in the City in accordance with federal standards and municipal ordinances. 

This includes signs for parking restrictions, speed limits, loading zones, and navigation/direction.    

Requests for the installation of signs for loading zones, restricted hourly parking, removal of parking, and residential permit parking are considered at a monthly public hearing held by a the City's Traffic and Parking Board .  These meetings are held the 4th Monday of the month from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in City Hall, 301 King Street (Council Chambers).  


Crosswalk StripingPavement Markings

Request that a faded pavement markings be painted online. Markings are installed during warmer weather, typically between April and October, when the pavement temperature is 60 degrees or higher.



Parking Meter - WinterParking Meters

The City operates and maintains 314 parking meters primarily in the Old Town Alexandria and commercial districts of the City.   The fees for these meters range from $1.25 for single space meters to $1.75 per hour for multi-space meters.    

To report a problem with a parking meter, please contact the City's Help Desk at 311 or 703.746.4311 during normal business hours or contact us online 24/7.  Please note the meter number located on the front or back of the meter in addition to the block address to ensure prompt service.

To request a reimbursement for credit card payments or coin lost due to a broken parking meter, please follow the instructions in the Parking Meter Refund Policy available online.

For additional information about parking in the City of Alexandria, please visit the City's parking information page. 

Traffic Surveys

Please direct requests for surveys and studies related to traffic control including vehicle speed, volume counts, turning movements, and warrant analysis to the Traffic Engineering Division.

Contact Us:

Report a problem or make a complaint about any of the Traffic Operation Division's services online or call 311 or 703.746.4311.   

3200 Colvin St, Alexandria, VA  22314
Tel:  703.746.4747     
Fax: 703.212.9201
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday,  7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.