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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