Friday, August 7, 2015

Kanawha Pedestrian Bridge to be Removed this Weekend

Demolition crews will begin removing the pedestrian bridge connecting Kanawha Plaza to Dominion Plaza starting at 6 p.m. tonight. That’s when Canal Street will be closed between 7th and 8th Streets, and removal of the bridge will begin between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Drivers on 8th Street will still be able to turn left onto the Manchester Bridge. Removal is expected to be completed by late Sunday.

Prior to removing the bridge, preparatory work will include installing protective measures to prevent pedestrian access during demolition. Once the road is closed, crews will mobilize equipment, install shoring to support the bridge, and place protection on the road and sidewalks beneath it.

The first step is for a crane to break the north end of the bridge free, where the bridge ties into Dominion Plaza. Then the rest of the bridge will be removed using a CAT excavator. All debris will be hauled away and disposed of at the Cox Recycling Center. After the bridge is down, all materials will be removed and the road will be cleaned in time for Monday morning traffic.

The removal comes one week after Mayor Dwight C. Jones kicked off renovation of the 2.8 acre urban park located downtown on two city blocks surrounded by office towers. Over the past week, demolition crews have removed exterior walls that hampered sight lines across the park, have graded the site, and have preserved personalized bricks for reuse in the renovated park.

A public/private partnership allows for the restoration of this under-utilized downtown jewel and equally important to the long-term success of the park is improving access from neighboring streets. The renovation includes the retention and repair of the plaza’s fountain, large green space and landscaping improvements, canopies and a food truck area.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

UCI Road World Championship Interactive Website

Richmond 2015, in conjunction with officials from the City of Richmond and Henrico and Hanover counties met Wednesday, August 5, 2015 to brief the media on the comprehensive Transportation Plan and interactive navigation website for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. They discussed race schedules, traffic management strategies, navigating around town during the event, parking, shuttles, and emergency information.

Visit for more information on these topics for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships that will take place September 19 - 27, 2015.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

City to Open 25th Street Roundabout

The City’s Department of Public Works has completed work on a new roundabout at the intersection of 25th Street, Nine Mile Road and Fairmont in Churchill.  Plans for the roundabout were part of the corridor improvements presented in the East End Transformation Plan. Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Richmond City Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille, East End 7th Voter District, will announce the opening of the roundabout at National Night Out festivities in Churchill tonight.

 “I’m so pleased that we are seeing many of the things the community talked about during the Church Hill visioning process come into being,” said Mayor Jones. “Step by step, we are bringing about changes in housing, infrastructure, health and education and this roundabout project beautifies this anchor corridor providing a welcomed makeover that will improve traffic flow and safety.”

 “The 25th Street and Nine Mile Road corridor is an important commercial gateway for the East End/7th District,” commented Councilwoman Cynthia Newbille. “There has been comprehensive community informed planning for our district and this project is a reflection of that. We look forward to more improvements in the very near future.”

 The roundabout will open to traffic on August 5, 2015. The intersection will no longer be controlled by traffic signals; instead, the new roundabout provides a circular intersection with yield control for entering traffic, splitter islands on the approaches, and appropriate roadway curvature to reduce vehicle speeds. Minor work will continue to include ornamental and overhead street lighting installation.

 The City constructed this project using Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds and the total cost of the project was $1,100,000.

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