Construction Info

(Updated March 24, 2017)
Construction Activities Underway
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The Pulse Design-Build (DB) Contractor, LANE Construction, has workers in the field in the permitted work area.  Construction activities for the GRTC Pulse (Bus Rapid Transit) Project continue with median roadway and median station construction work on Broad Street between Hamilton Street and 1st Street. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street as two travel lanes in each direction will remain open for travel. Traffic signal work also continues at intersections on Broad Street, primarily between Boulevard and Shafer. 

Initial station construction activities lay the groundwork for the stations. This groundwork includes demolition of concrete medians and curbs to facilitate station construction. Median stations are expected to be constructed between late January 2017 and late May 2017. Additionally, crews are preparing for station construction at the East Riverfront eastbound station along East Main Street. Curb and median work will be on-going in the coming months, with further updates issued as progress is made. All work is weather and progress-dependent. 

It is important to note that field conditions can change rapidly and LANE's goal is to work safely and swiftly to minimize impacts to the areas where they work. The schedule is progress- and weather-dependent, and can change in the field as conditions evolve. Pedestrian pathway detours and street lane closure signs will be posted accordingly. Please follow construction signage and be aware of construction workers and vehicles within the work zone(s). Pedestrians are advised to follow work zone signage in the sidewalk area.

Depending on proximity to the work zone, those in the area could hear portions of the construction work. All work is being done within permitting guidelines, including allowed noise levels.


IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC (MOT) NOTICE!

The median and inside lanes (eastbound & westbound) of Broad Street, from Hamilton Street to 1st Street, are closed while the GRTC Pulse median stations in this area are constructed. In addition to the median and inside lane closures, motorists should anticipate lane shifts in areas where median stations are being built. Lane Construction will uphold MOT at all times. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street as two travel lanes in each direction will remain open for travel.

Traffic will be guided by weighted orange barrels, signage, protective fencing and concrete barriers. They are there for the general safety and well-being of the traveling public, as well as Lane’s workers. Motorists are advised to slow down, obey all traffic signs and watch out for workers and pedestrians when traveling through work zones. Please remember: Orange Cones = NO Phones. 

While Lane Construction is committed to work zone safety, accidents can sometimes occur. If you accidentally hit any equipment, such as an orange barrel, please call the GRTC Pulse Construction Hotline, (804) 980-0084.


IMPORTANT BUS RIDER INFORMATION: Work zones temporarily close any GRTC bus stops within that area. Operators are announcing closed bus stops to inform customers. GRTC offers the following two choices for customers unable to access their bus stop in a work zone.

  • Customers can request a stop at the next open bus stop. Before exiting the bus, ask the Operator for a free "Emergency Transfer" to board a bus across the street. Ride that bus back to the original destination, cross the street again in the pedestrian pathways through the work zone. Please note: this free pass is timed to accommodate customers needing to connect onto a different bus as a result of a closed bus stop.
  • Customers may remain on the bus to the Temporary Transfer Plaza and ride back to the original destination across the street without paying another fare. 

IMPORTANT BUS STOP NOTICE: GRTC Prepares Local Bus Stops for Pulse


WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

A construction hotline is active at 804-980-0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts. 

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: During construction, the public will continue to have access to businesses, organizations and services located along the Project route. 

WHO:              DB Contractor, LANE Construction
 
WHAT:            Median work and median station construction activities, as well as waterline relocation and traffic signal work.
 
WHEN:            Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday, unless otherwise permitted. Night work (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and Sunday work can occur as permitted. 

WHERE:         The following areas are currently being impacted:

  • On Broad Street between Hamilton St and 1st St (median-running section of the route). There is no need to detour off of Broad Street as two travel lanes in each direction will remain open for travel.
  • East Main Street between Ash St. and Nicholson St. (no further impacts, as this area is already closed with detours in place, due to the existing East Riverfront Redevelopment project underway by the City of Richmond).

LOOK-AHEAD: (next update expected 3/31/17)
Note: the previous look-ahead listed construction set to begin at the Science Museum West station. However, LANE opted to shift plans and begin construction at Cleveland East. This is reflected below.

For the week of Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1:

Traffic Signal Work during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and night-time (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

  • WHEN: Night work (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from Sun., March 26 to Thurs., March 30
                 Day work (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from Mon., March 27 to Fri., March 31
  • WHERE: Broad St. at intersections of Harrison St., Shafer St., Belvidere St., Adams St., and Monroe St.
  • IMPACTS: Temporary single and double lane closures laterally across Broad St. at signal intersections. Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes equipment cutting across streets and intersections.

Median Station Construction and Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) continues at all times.

  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., between Hamilton St. and 1st St.  Two travel lanes remain open in both directions. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street. Lane shifts are in effect at Allison, Science Museum and Cleveland Street stations. Parking has been temporarily removed in these locations, while construction is occurring, and will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Waterline / Sewerline Relocation: Allison St Westbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • IMPACTS: No additional traffic impacts; work is within existing work zone.

Station Construction at Allison St Eastbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • WHERE: Median of Broad St., between Allison St. and Meadow St.
  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, at Allison East will occur.  Street parking impacts are as follows:
    • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between Strawberry St. and Allen Ave: parking will be permanently removed.
    • South side of Broad St (EB direction) between Strawberry St. and Allen Ave: parking is temporarily removed, while the Allison East station construction is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
      Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment being used to build the stations.

Station Construction at Cleveland St. Eastbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • WHERE: Median of Broad St., between Tilden St. and Wayne St.
  • DETAILS: Station layout is expected to continue.
  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, at Cleveland St. East will occur.  Street parking impacts are as follows:
    • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between N. Sheppard St. and Cleveland St.: parking will be temporarily removed while construction of Cleveland East is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
    • South side of Broad St (EB direction) between Tilden St. and Wayne St.: parking is temporarily removed, while the Cleveland East station construction is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
      Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.

For the week of Sunday, April 2 to Saturday, April 8:

Traffic Signal Work during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and night-time (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

  • WHEN: Night work (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from Sun., April 2 to Thurs., April 6
                 Day work (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Mon., April 3 to Fri., April 7
  • WHERE: Broad St. at intersections from Adams St. eastward.
  • IMPACTS: Temporary single and double lane closures laterally across Broad St. at signal intersections. Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes equipment cutting across streets and intersections.

Median Station Construction and Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) continues at all times

  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, between Hamilton St. and 1st St. Two travel lanes remain open in both directions. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street. Lane shifts are in effect at Allison, Science Museum and Cleveland Street stations. Parking has been temporarily removed in these locations, while construction is occurring, and will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Waterline / Sewerline Relocation: Allison St Westbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • IMPACTS: No additional traffic impacts; work is within existing work zone.

Station Construction at Allison St Eastbound is expected to continue during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • WHERE: Median of Broad St., between Allison St. and Meadow St.
  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, at Allison East will occur.  Street parking impacts are as follows:
    • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between Strawberry St. and Allen Ave: parking will be permanently removed.
    • South side of Broad St (EB direction) between Strawberry St. and Allen Ave: parking is temporarily removed, while the Allison East station construction is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
      Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.

Station Construction at Cleveland St. Eastbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • WHERE: Median of Broad St., between Tilden St. and Wayne St.
  • DETAILS: Excavation for footers is estimated to begin.
  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, at Cleveland St. East will occur.  Street parking impacts are as follows:
    • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between N. Sheppard St. and Cleveland St.: parking will be temporarily removed while construction of Cleveland East is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
    • South side of Broad St (EB direction) between Tilden St. and Wayne St.: parking is temporarily removed, while the Cleveland East station construction is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
      Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.

Station Construction at East Riverfront Eastbound is expected during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • WHERE: E. Main St., between Ash St. & Nicholson St.
  • DETAILS: Excavation for footers is estimated to begin.
  • IMPACTS: None to traveling public; this section of road is already closed due to city’s existing East Riverfront Redevelopment project. No MOT is required.
                 Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.
  • DETOUR INFORMATION:  From E. Main St. eastbound, take Williamsburg Ave. to Nicholson St. to E. Main St. (Rt. 5).

For the week of Sunday, April 9 to Saturday, April 15:

Traffic Signal Work during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and night-time (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

  • WHEN: Night work (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from Sun., April 9 to Thurs., April 13
                 Day work (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from Mon., April 10 to Fri., April 14
  • WHERE: Broad St. at intersections from Adams St. eastward.
  • IMPACTS: Temporary single and double lane closures laterally across Broad St. at signal intersections. Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes equipment cutting across streets and intersections.

Median Station Construction and Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) continues at all times

  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, between Hamilton St. and 1st St. Two travel lanes remain open in both directions. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street. Lane shifts are in effect at Allison, Science Museum and Cleveland Street stations. Parking has been temporarily removed in these locations, while construction is occurring, and will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Waterline / Sewerline Relocation: Allison St Westbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • IMPACTS: No additional traffic impacts; work is within existing work zone.

Station Construction at Allison St Eastbound is expected to continue during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • WHERE: Median of Broad St., between Allison St. and Meadow St.
  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, at Allison East.  Street parking impacts are as follows:
    • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between Strawberry St. and Allen Ave: parking will be permanently removed.
    • South side of Broad St (EB direction) between Strawberry St. and Allen Ave: parking is temporarily removed, while the Allison East station construction is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
      Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.

Station Construction at Cleveland St. Eastbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

  • WHERE: Median of Broad St., between Tilden St. and Wayne St.
  • IMPACTS: Permanent closures of the median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, at Cleveland St. East will occur.  Street parking impacts are as follows:
    • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between N. Sheppard St. and Cleveland St.: parking will be temporarily removed while construction of Cleveland East is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
    • South side of Broad St (EB direction) between Tilden St. and Wayne St.: parking is temporarily removed, while the Cleveland East station construction is occurring. After completion of the station, parking will be restored.
      Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.

Station Construction at East Riverfront Eastbound during the daytime (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

  • WHERE: E. Main St., between Ash St. & Nicholson St.
  • IMPACTS: None to traveling public; this section of road is already closed due to city’s existing East Riverfront Redevelopment project. No MOT is required.
            Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of work. This includes noise caused by equipment used to build the stations.
  • DETOUR INFORMATION:  From E. Main St. eastbound, take Williamsburg Ave. to Nicholson St. to E. Main St. (Rt. 5).

This schedule is progress and weather-dependent. This look-ahead information will be updated each week, for the following week.


BACKGROUND: During construction, the public will continue to have access to businesses, organizations and services located along the Project route. There is no need to detour off of Broad Street as two travel lanes in each direction will remain open for travel. 

A construction hotline is active at 804-980-0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts. As work progresses, frequent updates will be provided.

LANE Construction will proactively minimize disruption to businesses and residents during construction. Any activity that would impact parking, loading zones, access, utilities and other business-related functions must receive approval from VDOT who will ensure that continuous access will be provided to all businesses at all times. All Project team members are committed to providing prompt information to ensure a smooth construction phase for businesses, residents and patrons of the region as part of the overall success of the Project.

As always, work is weather and progress-dependent. Pulse service is expected to begin in October 2017.

GRTC Pulse is a modern, high quality, high capacity rapid transit system that will serve a 7.6 mile route along Broad Street and Main Street, from Rocketts Landing in the City of Richmond to Willow Lawn in Henrico County. The Pulse will link the public to many exciting destinations, businesses, services and restaurants.


ANTICIPATED CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

The Project team expects major construction work will progress within the following approximate timeframes:

  • Utility Relocation: Summer 2016 – Winter 2017. Utility work occurs on Broad Street from Thompson Street to Laurel Street; and on Main Street from 15th Street to 17th Street.
  • Station Group 1: Allison Street to 5th Street: Winter 2017 – Spring 2017. Station work occurs in the median area.
  • Station Group 2: I-195 to Allison Street: Winter 2017 – Spring 2017. Station work occurs in the median area.
  • Station Group 5: Curbside Stations (Willow Lawn, Staples Mill, Main Street Station, Shockoe Bottom, East Riverfront and Orleans St): Winter 2017 – Fall 2017. Station work occurs in the sidewalk area and adjacent lane only at station locations.
  • Station Group 3: 4th Street to 12th Street Westbound: Summer 2017 – Fall 2017. Station work occurs in the sidewalk area. Westbound outside lane is closed.
  • Station Group 4: 4th Street to 12th Street Eastbound: Summer 2017 – Fall 2017. Station work occurs in the sidewalk area. Eastbound outside lane is closed.

For more details about these "Station Groups," explore this presentation (PDF) from January 2017 Public Information Meetings!

Pulse service is expected to begin in October 2017. As always, work is weather and progress-dependent. Specific details for this work will be provided at least 48 hours in advance.

ANTICIPATED CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE INFOGRAPHIC


OTHER CORRIDOR NEWS:

In support of our commitment to keep everyone clearly informed about activities that are taking place along the “Pulse” BRT corridor, we also want to make you aware of separate, scheduled work that is being conducted by the City along Broad Street and Main Street; however, this work is not being conducted as part of the Pulse Project.  Following is a review of the City’s active or upcoming work.

​If you have questions about this separate work, please contact Amy Inman, Senior Administrator for Multimodal Transportation and Strategic Planning, at 804-646-5871.


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