Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Broad Street Corridor Improvement Project Getting Underway

The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is beginning a Capital Improvement Project for corridor improvements on Broad Street from 5th Street to Adams Street. The initial work includes sidewalk replacement, adding tree wells, and planting trees. In addition, DPW will renovate and re-landscape medians and repair the existing irrigation system from 2nd Street to Adams Street.

“This project is the second phase of a four phase program designed to turn Broad Street into one of the most pristine streets in the city leading into the heart of downtown. The City of Richmond is the region’s core and we are continuously working to Build a Better Richmond. Addressing the gateways and commercial corridors like Broad Street is important to that vision,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones.

The project will begin on the east bound lane beginning at 5th Street and moving toward 4th Street. Construction is scheduled to start Wednesday, July 21, 2010 and run through October 2010. The contractor will make every attempt to minimize interruptions to local businesses.

The Broad Street Corridor Improvement Project will cost $550,000. All funding is available through the City of Richmond’s Capital Improvement Program.

Phase three of the project involves milling and overlaying Broad Street with asphalt from Belvidere to Boulevard. It will start in September 2010 and conclude in October 2010.

Phase four which involves milling and overlaying Broad Street with asphalt from Boulevard to Staples Mill will begin by September of 2011. Phase one was completed in the fall of 2009 and encompassed repaving Broad between 15th and Belvidere Streets.

“The Broad Street Corridor Improvement Project is an important element of Mayor Jones’ emphasis on investing in Richmond’s infrastructure as part of his overall strategy for growing the City’s economy,” said Byron C. Marshall, Chief Administrative Officer.

"After a significant period where there was insufficient investment in our streets, sidewalks and bridges, at the Mayor’s direction we will be investing approximately $25.5 million over the next five years; and over 30% of our streets will be paved during this period,” Mr. Marshall continued.

For more information on city services and schedules, please visit us online at www.RichmondGov.com.

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