Thursday, February 23, 2017

East Main Street at Dock Street Project to Include New Traffic Signals and a Roundabout

Phase I of the East Main Street | Relocated Dock Street project has gotten underway and is expected to be completed in mid-August.

The scope of the initial phase includes:
  • Widening East Main Street from the proposed roundabout to Gilles Creek to include parking, bike lanes, landscaping, and Bus Rapid Transit pullouts;
  • Installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Main and Nicholson streets
  • Closing Water Street between Nicholson and Ash streets immediately following the completion of Phase I;
  • Constructing a roundabout above the 100 year flood plain at the intersection of Main Street and relocated Dock Street
  • Removing existing Dominion Power Poles and replacing them with underground utilities, duct banks and manholes
During Phase I several areas of East Main Street will be inaccessible to vehicle traffic, including
  • Two-way traffic on East Main from Nicholson to Peebles streets
Motorists must follow detours and signage in that area. 

The overall project will build on a significant number of plans and projects that are currently underway or have already been approved for the area, such as Pulse-Bus Rapid Transit and the Virginia Capital Trail and the VDOT Route 5 Bridge Project.  It also will provide a better transportation network in the rapidly developing east end area of the City and increase pedestrian and bicycle access to the City’s riverfront, public transit, public parking and streetscape. 

Phase II, which includes the relocation, or shifting, of Dock Street is expected to begin in the summer. 

The entire project will be completed by January 2018.

The $11,032,000 cost is funded by the City and state revenue share funds. 

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Renovations Planned for Shockoe Plaza Parking Deck

Construction to renovate the two elevators inside the Shockoe Plaza Parking Deck located at 100 Virginia Street will begin February 27.  To bring the current elevators up-to-date, Thyssen Elevator will be replacing the cabs, shaft components and all motors and controls with new equipment. The renovation will require taking down part of the stone walls surrounding the elevator frames on all six levels of the deck. For safety measures, wooden enclosures will be erected around each elevator lobby area. Once work begins, both elevators will be out of service and patrons will have to use the stairs. 

Highwoods Properties, Standard Parking and the City of Richmond will post signage throughout the parking deck, at stairwell doors and at the entrance and exit to the deck. 
The project is expected to be completed by May 15.

Patrons with special needs can contact Dean Squires, Director of Asset Management with Highwoods Properties at 804-290-2161.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Street Closure – Commerce Road

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  The road has been closed until further notice.

WHERE: Commerce Road between Deepwater Terminal and Bellemeade Road

BACKGROUND:  The above mentioned area has been closed for roadway repairs and maintenance. Motorists must follow the detour signs.