Construction Info

(Updated August 18, 2017)
Construction Activities Underway
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The Pulse Design-Build (DB) Contractor, LANE Construction, has workers in the field in the work area during permitted day and night hours. Most of construction activity is occurring during daytime hours, 7.a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Traffic signal work is occurring during both daytime and nighttime hours, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday to Thursday. Details are below. All schedules are weather and progress-dependent. 

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This week on Broad Street, station construction is continuing at Willow Lawn; Staples Mill East and West; Cleveland East and West; Science Museum East and West; Allison East; VCU & VUU East and West; Convention Center East; and Government Center East and West stations. Station construction is beginning at Arts District West, while waterline relocation is occurring at Arts District East. On E. Main Street, station construction continues at Main Street Station East and West; Shockoe Bottom East; East Riverfront East and West; and Orleans. Roadway work includes construction of the Broad Street median curb, from Thompson Street to Belvidere Street. Traffic signal work is occurring on Broad St. and E. Main Street.

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 NOTICES:


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 station (median and curbside) construction activities, as well as waterline relocation and traffic signal work.
 
WHEN:           Day work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Night work hours are from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday to Thursday. 

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.
  • On Broad Street between Chantilly St. and Blacker St.
  • On East Main Street, eastbound between 24th and 25th Streets.
  • On East Main Street at East Riverfront.
  • Orleans Street at Rocketts Landing.

RECENT RECAP AND LOOK-AHEAD: (next update expected 8/25/17)


Median 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.
    At the Cleveland East station, left-turn access from Broad St. onto Cleveland St. and Altamont St. is temporarily closed, in both the eastbound and westbound directions, while construction of this station is occurring.

Traffic Signals: TRAFFIC ADVISORY

  • IMPACTS: Temporary single and double lane closures at signal intersections. Temporary detours possible on Broad St., 14th St. and Main St., where signal work is occurring.
    Noise: Depending on proximity to work zone, area residents could hear portions of trenching work. This includes equipment cutting across streets and intersections.

WHEN:

WHERE:

Sun., Aug. 13 to Thur., Aug. 17 (6 pm to 6 am)
Mon., Aug. 14 to Fri., Aug. 18 (7 am to 5 pm)

Main St. at 25th St. (trenching)
Broad St. at Mulberry St. and Davis St. (trenching)
Signal foundation work

Sun., Aug. 20 to Thur., Aug. 24 (6 pm to 6 am)
Mon., Aug. 21 to Fri., Aug. 25 (7 am to 5 pm)

Main St. at Orleans St. (trenching)
Broad St. at Monroe St., Laurel St., Henry St., Adams St., Hermitage Rd., Madison St., Jefferson St. (trenching)
Signal foundation work

Sun., Aug. 27 to Thur., Aug. 31 (6 pm to 6 am)
Mon., Aug. 28 to Fri., Sept. 1 (7 am to 5 pm)

Signal foundation work

Tues., Sept. 5 to Thur., Sept. 7 (6 pm to 6 am)
Tues., Sept. 5 to Fri., Sept. 8 (7 am to 5 pm)

Signal foundation work

Roadway Work: 

  • IMPACTS: No additional traffic impacts; work is within existing work zone and MOT.
Mon., Aug. 14 to Sat., Aug. 19 (7 am to 5 pm)

Construction of median curb

Mon., Aug. 21 to Sat., Aug. 26 (7 am to 5 pm)

Construction of median curb
Striping for MOT at Allison West, VCU Hospital East

Mon., Aug. 28 to Sat., Sept. 2 (7 am to 5 pm)

TBD

Tues., Sept. 5 to Sat., Sept. 9 (7 am to 5 pm) TBD

Waterline Relocation:

  • IMPACTS: Temporary closure of the sidewalk and curbside lane of eastbound Broad 

Mon., Aug. 14 to Sat., Aug. 19 (7 am to 5 pm)

Arts District East, Broad St. median, between Adams St. and Foushee St.
Mon., Aug. 21 to Sat., Aug. 26 (7 am to 5 pm) Arts District East, Broad St. median, between Adams St. and Foushee St.
Mon., Aug. 28 to Sat., Sept. 2 (7 am to 5 pm) VCU Hospital East,  EB Broad St., between Governor St. and Old 14th St.
Tues., Sept. 5 to Sat., Sept. 9 (7 am to 5 pm) VCU Hospital East,  EB Broad St., between Governor St. and Old 14th St.

Station Construction: 

  • 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.
  • Median Station Impacts:     
    • Permanent closures of median and inside lanes of Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, from Hamilton St. to 1st St.
    • Lane shifts are in effect at Allison, Science Museum, Cleveland and VCU & VUU stations. Parking has been removed in these locations, while construction is occurring, and will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.
    • At the Cleveland East station, left-turn access from Broad St. onto Cleveland St. and Altamont St. is temporarily closed, in both the eastbound and westbound directions, while construction of this station is occurring.
  • Curb Station Impacts:           
    • A portion of the roadway will be closed for construction operations, but travel lanes should remain open in both directions.
    • Sidewalks within construction zones will be closed during construction.
    • Parking will be temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring.
    • East Riverfront East and West stations are within an area that is already closed due to city’s existing East Riverfront Redevelopment project. No MOT is required.

Mon., Aug. 14 to Sat., Aug. 19 (7 am to 5 pm):

Curb Station Willow Lawn: EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave & Willow Lawn Dr. Blocks & Bricks
Curb Station Staples Mill East/West: Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St. Blocks & Bricks / Backfill for Structural Slab / Install comms electrical conduits / Structural Slab (East Station)
Backfill for Structural Slab / Install comms electrical conduits / Structural Slab (West Station)
Median Station Cleveland East/West:  Broad St., btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St.

Set steel structure (West station)

Median Station Science Museum East/West: Broad St., btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.

No scheduled activity this week

Median Station Allison East: Broad St., btwn Allison St. & Meadow St. No scheduled activity this week
Median Station VCU & VUU East/West: Broad St., btwn Shafer & Laurel Sts. Blocks, Bricks (West station)
Median Station Arts District West: Broad St., btwn Adams & Jefferson Sts. Demolition / Excavation / Backfill
Curb Station Convention Center East: Broad St. btwn 4th & 5th Sts.

Footers / Pour concrete

Curb Station Government Center East/West: Broad St. btwn 8th & 10th Sts.

Totem, Kneewall (West station)
Backfill Foundation (East station)

Curb Station Main St. Station East / West: E. Main St., btwn 15th & 17th Sts.

Test Pitting

Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts.

No activity scheduled this week

Curb Station East Riverfront East/West: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St.

No activity scheduled this week

Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing No activity scheduled this week

Mon., Aug. 21 to Sat., Aug. 26 (7 am to 5 pm):

Curb Station

Willow Lawn:  EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave & Willow Lawn Dr.

Blocks & Bricks / Backfill for structural slab / Install comms electrical conduits
Curb Station

Staples Mill East/West: Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St.

Structural slab / Pour concrete

Median Station Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St.

Install bench brackets

Median Station

Science Museum East/West: Broad St., btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.

TBD

Median Station

Allison East: Broad St., btwn Allison St. & Meadow St.

Kneewall – Bricks / Install bench brackets
Median Station VCU & VUU East/West: Broad St., btwn Shafer & Laurel Sts.

Backfill / Structural Slab / Install comms & electrical conduits (West station)

Median Station Arts District West: Broad St., btwn Adams & Jefferson Sts. Demolition & Excavation / Backfill / Footers
Curb Station Convention Center East: Broad St. btwn 4th & 5th Sts. Totem & Kneewall / Pour concrete / Backfill foundation
Curb Station

Government Center East/West: Broad St. btwn 8th & 10th Sts.

Blocks and Bricks (East Station)
Backfill Foundation (West station)

Curb Station VCU Hospital West: Broad St., btwn 11th & 12th Sts. Demolition / Excavation / Backfill
Curb Station Main St. Station East / West: E. Main St., btwn 15th & 17th Sts.

Install helical piles (West station)
Install micropiles (East station)

Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts.

Night Work: Set steel structure

Curb Station East Riverfront West/East: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St.

TBD

Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing TBD

Mon., Aug. 28 to Sat., Sept. 2 ( 7 am to 5 pm):

Curb Station

Willow Lawn: EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave & Willow Lawn Dr.

Structural Slab / Pour concrete
Curb Station

Staples Mill East/West:  WB Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St.

TBD

Median Station Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St.

Kneewall – Bricks (East station)

Median Station

Science Museum East/West: btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.

TBD

Median Station Allison East/West: Broad St., btwn Meadow St. & Strawberry St.

Demolition / Excavation / Backfill (West Station)

Median Station VCU & VUU East/West: btwn Shafer St. & Laurel St.

Structural Slab / Pour concrete (West station)

Median Station Arts District West: Broad St., btwn Adams & Jefferson Sts. Footers / Pour concrete
Curb Station Convention Center East: Broad St. btwn 4th & 5th Sts. Blocks & Bricks
Curb Station Government Center East/West: Broad St. btwn 8th & 10th Sts.

Backfill Structural Slab / Install comms & elec conduits (East station)
Blocks & Bricks (West station)

Curb Station VCU Hospital West: Broad St., btwn 11th & 12th Sts. Demolition / Excavation / Backfill / Footers
Curb Staiton Main St. Station East / West: E. Main St., btwn 15th & 17th Sts. TBD
Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts. Kneewall / Bricks
Curb Station East Riverfront West/East: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St. Night Work: Set steel structure (West station)
Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing

TBD

Tues., Sept. 5 to Sat., Sept. 9 ( 7 am to 5 pm):

Curb Station

Willow Lawn: EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave & Willow Lawn Dr.

TBD
Curb Station

Staples Mill East/West: EB Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St.

TBD

Median Station Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St.

Kneewall - Bricks (West station)

Median Station

Science Museum East/West: btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.

TBD

Median Station Allison East/West: Broad St., btwn Meadow St. & Strawberry St.  

Demolition / Excavation / Backfill (West station)

Median Station VCU & VUU East/West:  btwn Shafer St. & Laurel St.

TBD

Median Station Arts District West: Broad St., btwn Adams & Jefferson Sts. TBD
Curb Station Convention Center East: Broad St. btwn 4th & 5th Sts. TBD
Curb Station Government Center East/West: Broad St. btwn 8th & 10th Sts.

Structural slab / Pour concrete (East station)

Curb Staion VCU Hospital West: Broad St., btwn 11th & 12th Sts. Footers / Pour concrete
Curb Station Main St. Station East / West: E. Main St., btwn 15th & 17th Sts. TBD
Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts. TBD
Curb Station East Riverfront East/West: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St.

Night Work: Set steel structure (East station)

Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing TBD

Allison East Construction Parking Impacts:

  • 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 station, parking will be restored.

VCU & VUU Construction Parking Impacts:

  • North Side of Broad St. (WB direction):  Parking will be permanently removed from Harrison St. to Belvidere St. After completion of station, some parking will be restored west of Harrison St., near the Siegel Center.
  • South side of Broad St. (EB direction):  Parking will be temporarily removed across from Hancock St. to Laurel St. After completion of station, some parking will be restored east and west of Shafer St.

Science Museum Construction Parking Impacts:

  • North side of Broad St (WB direction): Parking will be permanently removed from the Science Museum entrance to near Terminal Pl. After completion of station, some parking will be restored near Terminal Pl.
  • South side of Broad St. (EB direction):  Parking will be permanently removed between the Boulevard to Strawberry St. After completion of station, a few parking spaces will be restored west of Robinson St. and west of Strawberry St. 

Cleveland Station Construction Parking Impacts:

  • North side of Broad St (WB direction) between N. Sheppard St. and Cleveland St.:  Parking will be temporarily removed while construction of Cleveland stations is occurring. After completion of stations, some parking will be restored between Sheppard St. and Boulevard; west of MacTavish St.; and between Roseneath Rd. and I-195 overpass.
  • South side of Broad St. (EB direction) between Tilden St. and Wayne St.:  Parking will be permanently removed from I-195 overpass to Boulevard.

Arts District Construction Parking Impacts:

  • North side of Broad St. (WB direction):  Parking will be temporarily removed between Brook Road and approx. 90 ft. west of Jefferson Street.
  • South side of Broad St. (EB direction):  Parking will be temporarily removed from approx. 120 ft. west of Jefferson Street to approx. 75 ft. east of Foushee Street.

Construction Parking Impacts for Curb Stations (Orleans, Shockoe Bottom, Government Center, Convention Center, Staples Mill, Willow Lawn):

  • Construction will temporarily close sidewalks and a portion of curb lanes, where stations are being built. Parking will be temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring.

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. As always, work is weather and progress-dependent. 

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.

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.


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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