The funeral services for Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman, who died last week after falling from an overpass on I-395, will have a major impact on traffic in Alexandria on Thursday. Thousands
of people are expected, and as a result there will be street closures and early dismissal from schools.
Weissman, 33, was trying to reach a burning vehicle when he fell through a large gap in the barriers over Four Mile
First responders and the command staff from the Alexandria Fire Department also plan to be out of service for two days, from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Friday. Surrounding jurisdictions will provide staffing at Alexandria’s fire houses during that time so that Alexandria personnel can attend the memorial service and funeral.
More than 2,000 people and more than 200 fire vehicles are expected in the Alexandria area for the funeral processional and memorial service on Thursday.
The funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation (3830 Seminary Rd., Alexandria). The burial will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery (2823 King St., Alexandria). Seating is limited, so if you want to attend the city has an RSVP page set up.
Multiple streets will be closed and traffic will be particularly affected between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The following streets will be intermittently closed on Thursday:
[NOTE: This has been updated on Thursday morning, and some closures are different than what they initially reported on Wednesday]
• Janney’s Lane from King Street to Quaker Lane
• Seminary Road from Quaker Lane to Kenmore Avenue
• Van Dorn Street from Seminary Road to Braddock Road
• Braddock Road from Van Dorn Street to North Howard Street
• King Street from Scroggins Lane to Russell Road
General parking is available at Victory Center Lot (5001 Eisenhower Ave.).
Shuttle bus service begins at 7 a.m., so there will be a traffic impact early and continuing through the day.
The funeral will also be streamed live from the city’s Web site.
Condolences and donations can be sent to: The Joshua A. Weissman Memorial Fund, c/o Alexandria Firefighters, Inc - IAFF Local 2141, 4600 Duke St., Suite 429, Alexandria, VA 22304.
Additionally, DASH will not serve the following stops between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
AT2 and AT2X (in both directions):
• All stops on Seminary Road (at Alexandria Hospital) between Howard Street and Quaker Lane
• All stops on Janneys Lane between Quaker Lane and King Street
• All stops on King Street between Janneys Lane and Russell Road
AT5 and AT6 (also in both directions)
• All stops on King Street between Russell Road and Quaker Lane
DASH riders should expect some delays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Also, bus stops that won’t be served will have posted signs alerting riders.
All Alexandria City public schools will dismiss students early on Thursday and all after-school activities are canceled. (Lunch will still be served during the school day. )
The following schools are closing at 12:35 p.m.: George Washington and Hammond Middle schools, Minnie Howard School, T.C. Williams High School and Douglas McArthur Elementary.
All other elementary schools close at 1:20 p.m.
The school board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. will still take place.
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The visitation for Weissman is scheduled for Wednesday from 5 p.m. until midnight at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home (1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria).
The funeral home is not far from the intersection of Quaker Lane, Braddock Road and King Street and is also close to T.C. Williams High School. Anyone planning on driving to this intersection or near that school should try to avoid the immediate area.