King Street’s proposed pedestrian-only zone is a step closer to reality. The weekday closures to vehicular traffic may be part of the pilot project. Members of Alexandria’s City Council back in October approved a proposal for a pilot program that will close a portion of lower King Street to cars on weekends, beginning in April. The pilot project would close the 100 blocks of King Street to traffic on weekends through October.
According to Alexandria Living Magazine, “As part of the program, city officials are proposing new PUDO zones (Pick Up, Drop Off) for valet services, food delivery, and rideshare services. The King Street trolly will also need to be rerouted. The pilot program is set to start in April and continue through October. Whether it becomes permanent and whether weekdays are included will be determined based on the pilot program’s success.”
As per Alexandria Living Magazine, “This isn’t the first time the proposal has come up — back in 2006, a few blocks of lower King Street were blocked off to traffic on the weekends during the summer as a trial. Entertainment, benches, and pedestrians filled the streets. King Street closed at 3 p.m. on Fridays for four weekends and reopened at 6 a.m. Mondays.”