The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) telecommunications/proposed fiber optic lateral construction is taking place on the sidewalk area along Jamieson Avenue and Eisenhower Avenue in the Carlyle/Eisenhower East neighborhood of Alexandria. The work began on Monday, June 23rd and is expected to last until Thursday, July 31st. The work will be performed between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.

The construction for Eisenhower Avenue lateral will occur on the north-side of Eisenhower between Holland Lane and Elizabeth Lane. The construction for the Jamieson Avenue lateral will occur on the north-side of Jamieson Avenue between Mill Road and Englehardt Lane and on to John Carlyle Street.

Vehicular traffic is expected to be minimally impacted as 95% of the proposed work will occur in the sidewalk area as recommended by the City of Alexandria’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services.

As with all underground excavation, there will be some noise associated with the proposed construction activities; however, this noise is expected to be minimal.

The long-delayed project to remove the temporary security measures around the Federal Courthouse in Carlyle and install a new, more permanent, may be coming to a head soon. See the video above from the May meeting of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) where the NCPC gives its approval for the project. Starting at approx. 5:09 in the video, the presenter goes over the plans for the Courthouse.

Some of the improvements include:

  • Removal of jersey barriers around the Courthouse
  • The installation of garden walls and secure bollards around the site.
  • The movement of existing parking spaces from Jamieson Ave to Elizabeth Lane.
  • The reopening of Courthouse Square to one-way traffic (this should benefit the Westin Alexandria the most).
    • This includes pop-up bollards on Courthouse Square which can be popped up in case of a BIG trial at the Courthouse.

The City of Alexandria report on this project is located at this link. The presentation, which shows what the final design looks like can be found at this link. The final details are being worked out between the GSA, the City of Alexandria, and the Carlyle Community Council. IMHO, I would look for construction to start sometime this fall.

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