Your Views: If city won’t provide traffic oversight, citizens should

The intersection of Union and King streets is a popular through street. (Photo Credit: Missy Schrott)

To the editor:

I have come to the realization that Alexandria is not going to perform oversight of traffic at the very busy King and Union Street intersection. The police department maintains that anything they could do will not stop the phalanx of pedestrians, automobiles, motorcycles, bicyclists, skate boarders and scooters trying to cross that intersection in an orderly manner.

Since Alexandria is one of America’s finest historical cities, one would expect that our city council would want to accommodate the thousands of tourists who patronize our businesses annually. The eventual consequence of not doing so is that visitors will have less incentive to return, once they experience the traffic situation.

Now is the time for Old Town residents to provide citizen traffic expediters at that intersection, since the city government chooses to ignore any over- sight of the King and Union streets intersection. The participation of citizens should be a welcome addition to doing nothing about the problem. How about it Alexandria? Let’s put together a traffic oversight cadre that can handle this task. This would be a step to solving the problem, and it might perhaps shame the city into doing its job, which is long overdue in this case.

-Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria



  1. Every month another letter about this intersection. It’s the least important of multiple city issues. It’s a 4 way stop. Just wait your turn. And be smart and don’t go joyriding past that intersection on a Saturday morning. There are multiple routes that are better.

  2. This intersection is dangerous to cars, walkers, bikers, and scooter riders. We need more then stop signs! We need changes now, before someone is killed, not wait for a study that no one is even planning for any time soon.