Wednesday, May 25, 2016

City Offices Closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day

City government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, May 31.

Monday’s closing includes all branches of the Richmond Public Library and all City community centers, which will reopen on Tuesday. The Broad Rock Library which is normally open on Sundays will be closed on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30. Ginter Park Library is currently closed for renovations.

The City’s Animal Care and Control, 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue, will operate as normal on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29. The shelter will follow its regular operational schedule and will be closed on May 30.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Monday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for the week, as the collection schedule will resume on Tuesday, May 31 and continue through Friday, June 3.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on May 30. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Tuesday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Street Closure – East Main Street at the Ash Street Underpass

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 24 through Friday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:   East Main Street at the Ash Street Underpass

BACKGROUND: The road will be closed for repair work to the CSX bridge. Traffic will be rerouted to Williamsburg Road. Motorists are urged to follow the detour signage.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Enrichmond Announces Award of $20,000 From the Dominion Foundation

Arbor Day: A holiday celebrating the tree. Why is there a special day dedicated to trees?
  • The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.
  • For every five percent of tree cover added to a community, stormwater runoff is reduced by approximately two percent.
  • Office workers with a view of trees report significantly less stress and more satisfaction. 
  • Houses with mature trees or located on a tree-lined street have an average wholesale value of 10-15% higher than those that have no trees. 
  • The very existence of hundreds of animals and insects species depend entirely on trees. For example, the common English Oak can support hundreds of different species, including 284 species of insect and 324 taxa of lichens living directly on one tree.

This Arbor Day, Enrichmond is honored to announce the award of $20,000 from the Dominion Foundation for the development of Enrichmond’s Urban Tree Farm. This puts them well on the way to reaching their funding goal of $35,000. These funds will enable them to develop an urban tree farm growing native tree species within our City limits for the benefit of the citizens of Richmond.
The fully funded tree farm effort will deliver locally grown inventory for new and replacement trees in our parks and public spaces, support Richmond’s Adopt-A-Tree efforts, and assist in adding value and energy savings to new homes and existing businesses throughout our City. Be on the look-out for ways to support this important and valuable initiative in the weeks ahead.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Signage in City Residential Traffic Circles Makes Traffic Pattern Similar to Roundabouts

Motorists who frequent neighborhoods that have traffic calming circles will notice new signage that gives traffic in the circle the right-of-way over cars approaching the circle from side streets. Additional yield signs are being erected at each of the more than 40 calming circles in the city. The modification comes as a result of changes in the Code of Virginia that mandate the same treatment for roundabouts, traffic circles and rotaries, which the code collectively refers to as “circular intersections.”

Once the changes are implemented over the next several months, all drivers will know to yield to the circulating traffic, whether in a roundabout or a traffic circle. The change will make the smaller circles, designed to reduce speed, operate in a similar fashion as the larger roundabouts, designed to replace traffic signals. 

All drivers are encouraged to take extra caution at all circular intersections, as it generally takes two to four weeks to adjust to the new traffic pattern. 

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Final Phase of Belvidere Streetscape Project

On Monday, March 7, construction crews shut down the southbound center and median travel lanes on Belvidere Street at the intersection of Canal Street to begin the third and final phase of the Commonwealth Gateway Belvidere Streetscape Project.

The $250,000 project, paid mostly through a federal enhancement fund, is designed to improve driver visibility at the intersection, reduce vehicle speed and improve safety for pedestrians crossing at the intersection.

This last phase will include construction of brick crosswalks where Belvidere Street intersects with both Cumberland and Canal streets, pavement markings, new signals indicating when it is safe for pedestrians to cross and ADA approved wheelchair ramps. Work will be performed lane by lane, with each lane closed and then re-opened one at a time until the work is complete.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-June. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Minority Business Development Presents Money Smart for Small Business 2016

The City of Richmond Office of Minority Business Development presents Money Smart for Small Business 2016, a FDIC and SBA partnership and 13-module free business course. The curriculum provides training for new and aspiring entrepreneurs and those entrepreneurs who need a refresher on the basics of organizing and managing a business.

Certificates of Completion will be given to students who complete all the classes in the curriculum. Classes start February 9 and will be held at the Center for Workforce Innovation 900 E. Marshall Street (Next door to Marshall Plaza –Social Services office) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 - 7 p.m.

Make-up classes will be scheduled at a later date.

For more information on classes and schedules, visit

For questions, call 804-646-5947 or email

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bridge Closure – Belle Isle Vehicular Bridge

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Bridge Closure

WHEN:  Starting on Monday, February 15 through Friday, April 29 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Belle Isle Vehicular Bridge

BACKGROUND: The Belle Isle Vehicular Bridge from Belle Isle to the South Bank of the James River will be closed to replace the bridge deck. There will be no access across the bridge during the closure. The bridge will be closed during the week but open on weekends to pedestrians and cyclists. Please note that access to the island from the North Bank (Tredegar Iron Works) will remain open during this project.