News Briefs

News Briefs

<sh>Temporary Closure Scheduled

<bt>A short stretch of Franklin Street between South Henry Street and U.S. Route 1 in Alexandria is scheduled to be closed as early as next Wednesday, Nov. 3 for approximately a two-month period.

Roadway signs will direct motorists to the following detours:

Drivers wanting to access Route 1 from South Henry Street will be directed to turn right on Franklin Street, right on South Fayette Street and right on Wilkes Street to either northbound or southbound Route 1.

Drivers wanting to access eastbound Franklin Street from South Henry Street will be directed to take the above detour, travel south on Route 1 to Fort Hunt Road, complete a turnaround to Route 1 north and turn right onto Franklin Street.

In addition to local drivers, commuters who use South Henry Street to travel from eastbound Duke Street to the Capital Beltway entrance ramp at southbound Route 1 also will be affected by this temporary road closure. The right lane access from Franklin Street to Route 1 south, in which these commuters use, is expected to remain closed for several months beyond the anticipated two-month road closure above. Commuters are urged to access southbound Route 1 directly from Duke Street.

Temporarily closing the 250-feet stretch of Franklin Street between South Henry Street and Route 1, and the extended right lane access closure from Franklin Street to Route 1 south is necessary to relocate underground utilities and begin the reconstruction of the north-of-the-Beltway portion of the Route 1 Interchange, as part of the overall Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project.

Temporary road and lane closures are subject to change, based on weather and contractor scheduling. See for the latest lane closure and traffic information at all times or tune into radio station 1620 AM.

<sh>Night of Lost Souls

<bt>Historic Alexandria Hauntings returns to bring spine-tingling but family-friendly Halloween fun to Old Town this Saturday, Oct. 30, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Hosted by Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House and Historic Park, Alexandria Archaeology, and The Little Maids of History, Historic Hauntings invites visitors and residents alike to investigate so-called unexplained occurrences, peculiar tales, and persistent legends surrounding the city's popular attractions.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. They will be available at Market Square, at the corner of King and Fairfax streets, beginning at 5 p.m. until they are sold out.

Each ticket holder will receive a goodie bag and Halloween treats. Costumes are encouraged for this event. It is held rain or shine.

<sh>ACVA Presents City-Wide Holiday Program

<bt>Alex, the Scottie dog, launches Alexandria's City-Wide Holiday Program. Alexandria businesses and residents can learn "All About Alex" at the Fun Side Forum on Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Select-Old Town, 480 King Street.

The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association, in partnership with the City of Alexandria and its commercial business associations, will roll out the city's advertising and promotional plans for the 2004 Holiday Shopping Season. Opportunities include participating in a city-wide theme of Scottish tartan, displaying holiday candles in every shop window, the "Find Alex" shopping promotion, commemorative gift items, hotel packages and more.

Staffed display tables will display each promotional opportunity and businesses can sign up on-the-spot to participate. Alex will be there and everyone is invited. To RSVP, call 703-838-4200, ext. 203.