Friday, March 23, 2012

City Wins Virginia Economic Developers Association’s CEDA Award for East End Vision Charrette

The City’s East End Vision Charrette was presented the 2012 Community Economic Development Award, in the Community Involvement category, from the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) during an awards presentation in Williamsburg today. The East End Vision Charrette was formed by a unique public/private partnership of the City of Richmond, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital in the spring of 2010 to engage the community in a dynamic planning process.

The CEDA award program is designed to recognize outstanding communities in the Commonwealth for their efforts in advancing the economic viability of their community through economic and community development programs.

“This award recognizes the community, private sector and government partnership that brought forth the planning effort and continued its commitment to ensure a transformational change in our city’s East End,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “I again thank all of the residents and businesses who participated in the Charrette and our partners for their unwavering dedication in this visioning process.”

The East End Vision Charrette consisted of a series of interactive public meetings which were designed to plan for revitalization of the East End and the 25th Street/Nine Mile Road Corridor. More than 1,000 people attended the opening and closing events and the various planning sessions throughout the week. The purpose of the Charrette was to identify specific designs, housing and business opportunities; as well as policy and management recommendations for the revitalization effort of the City of Richmond’s East End and Church Hill neighborhood.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

City Installing State-of-the-Art Traffic Signal System

The Department of Public Works Transportation Engineering Division is set to begin the first phase of an approximately $21 million federally funded project to upgrade the City’s outdated traffic signal system. The new state-of-the-art system will connect the City’s approximately 500 signalized intersections and flashers to the Traffic Operations Center in City Hall.

Richmond Signal System Upgrade funding was provided through the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) using Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program funds. The upgraded system will be installed over the next five years and will involve development of a new traffic management computerized central control (located at City Hall), system wide communications consisting of fiber optic and copper cable, and closed circuit TV (CCTV) surveillance cameras. When the system is complete, motorists will experience a reduction in vehicle stops and delays, resulting in less gasoline usage and safer travel for City residents and visitors. The CCTV cameras also will be able to monitor weather conditions, manage traffic flow and assist first responders going to accidents and other emergencies. With increased monitoring capabilities, City staff will be able to respond more quickly to signal problems. The project will be implemented in phases.

  • Phase I – reusing existing conduits, the project will cover the West End, Fan Area and the Downtown Area. Construction will start in March 2012 and will be completed by July 2013. Cost – $5.3 million federally funded.
  • Phase II - signalized intersections south of the James. The design phase is underway and should be completed by December 2012. Construction to be completed by 2015. Cost - $10.0 million federally funded.
  • Phase III – signalized intersections in the remaining east, north and west areas of the City will be added to the signal system, with the design phase starting by 2016. Cost - $5.6 million; federal funds approved for FY16 and FY 17.

Daily work hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and occasional lane closures will be necessary in order to perform the work.

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