Monday, December 22, 2014

City to Replace 5th Street Bridge and 7th Street Bridge

~Major detours will be in place during construction~

Beginning the first week of January, the City will begin replacing the 5th Street Bridge over Leigh Street and 7th Street Bridge over Leigh Street.  Motorists and pedestrians who travel the area will be affected.  While the bridges remain safe, the weight load for each bridge was reduced several years ago due to on-going wear.

The $3.6 million dollar project is being funded through City and state funds.  The contract has been awarded to Corman Construction.

The work will take place in two phases from January 5 through August.The following changes will be in place during construction:

Phase 1: 7th Street Bridge over Leigh Street (January 5 to mid-May)

  • 7th Street will be closed at Clay Street to through traffic.
  • Clay Street between 7th Street and 8th Street will be a detour route. No on-street parking will be permitted from January thru May.
  • 8th Street between Clay Street and Leigh Street will be a detour route. No on-street parking will be permitted from January thru May.
  • The Coliseum Parking Garage will remain open; however, access will only be granted via 7th Street or Clay Street.  Cars must exit onto 8th Street.
  • Leigh Street will be closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and parking between 4th Street and 8th Street. No on-street parking will be permitted. Traffic will be detoured to Jackson Street

Phase 2: 5th Street Bridge over Leigh Street (mid-May to mid-August)

  • 5th Street will be closed at Jackson Street to through traffic. Traffic will be detoured to 3rd Street, south on 3rd Street to Marshall Street, east on Marshall Street to 5th Street.
  • Leigh Street will remain closed to vehicles, pedestrians, and parking between 4th Street and 8th Street. No on-street parking will be permitted.

Motorists are strongly encouraged to adhere to all detour and parking signage posted in the construction area.

Additional details can be obtained by contacting the project manager, Thomas Westbrook, with the Department of Public Works, at 646-3421 or at Thomas.Westbrook@richmondgov.com.

For more information on City projects and services, visit www.Richmondgov.com.