Construction Info

(Updated May 26, 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 during permitted day and night hours.  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. This groundwork includes demolition of concrete medians and curbs to facilitate station construction. Traffic signal work also continues at intersections on Broad, Main and 14th Streets. On Main Street, crews continue work at the Shockoe Bottom East station and the East Riverfront East station. Additionally, at Rocketts Landing, crews are constructing the Orleans station. 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: Discontinued and Relocated Bus Stops


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 6/2/17)
Note: In observance of Memorial Day, work stops Fri., May 26 at 7 a.m. and resumes Tues., May 30 at 7 a.m. (City of Richmond) and 9 a.m. (Willow Lawn/Henrico County).

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: 

  • 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., May 21 to Thurs., May 25 (6 pm to 6 am)
Mon., May 22 to Thurs., May 25 (7 am to 5 pm)

 

Broad St. at Willow Lawn Dr., Foushee St., 6th St., 12th St., Old 14th St. (trenching)
Broad St. from Shafer St. eastward (cabinet foundations)

Tues., May 30 to Thurs., June 1 (6 pm to 6 am)
Tues., May 30 to Thurs., June 1 (7 am to 5 pm)

Broad St. at 6th St. (trenching)
Franklin St. at 14th St. (trenching)
E. Main St. at 14th St. (trenching)

Tues., May 30: Mobile closures overnight to fix settling trenches between Cleveland and Laurel Streets. 

Daytime online: Broad St. from Shafer St. eastward (cabinet foundations)

Mon., June 5 to Thurs., June 8 (6 pm to 6 am)
Mon., June 5 to Fri., June 9 (7 am to 5 pm)

Main St. at 14th St., 17th St., 18th St., 19th St., 21st St. (trenching)

Broad St. from Shafer St. eastward (cabinet foundation)

Sun., June 11 to Thurs., June 15 (6 pm to 6 am)
Mon., June 12 to Fri., June 16 (7 am to 5 pm)

Broad St. from Shafer St. eastward (cabinet foundation)

 

Roadway Work: 

  • IMPACTS: No additional traffic impacts; work is within existing work zone and MOT.
Mon., May 22 to Sat., May 25 (7am to 5 pm)

Undercut/Backfill, Broad St. / Belvidere to Adams St.

Tues., May 30 to Sat., June 3 (7 am to 5 pm)

Pour concrete, Broad St. from Belvidere to Adams Sts.
Median demolition, Broad St. from Belvidere St. eastward

Mon., June 5 to Sat., June 10 (7am to 5 pm)

Clean-up, pour concrete, Broad St. from Lombardy St. westward

Mon., June 12 to Sat., June 17 (7am to 5 pm) Pour concrete, Broad St. from Lombardy St. westward

Waterline Relocation:

  • IMPACTS: Temporary closure of the sidewalk and curbside lane of eastbound Broad St.
Mon., May 22 to Thurs., May 25 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Staples Mill East, Broad St. eastbound, between Chantilly St. and Blacker St.
Tues., May 30 to Sat., June 3 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Willow Lawn, Broad St. eastbound, between Byrd Ave. and Willow Lawn Dr.
Mon., June 5 to Sat., June 10 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Willow Lawn, Broad St. eastbound, between Byrd Ave. and Willow Lawn Dr.
Mon., June 12 to Sat., June 17 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Willow Lawn, Broad St. eastbound, between Byrd Ave. and Willow Lawn Dr.

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 and Cleveland 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., May 22 to Thurs., May 25 (7 am to 5 pm):

Median Station Allison East: Broad St., btwn Allison St. & Meadow St. Station Foundation / Kneewall / Pour Concrete
Median Stations Science Museum East/West: btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl. Kneewall & Equipment Pad / Pour Concrete
Median Stations Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St. Kneewall & Equipment Pad / Pour Concrete
Median Station VCU/VUU East: Broad St., btwn Shafer & Laurel Sts. MOT Barriers Set
Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing Excavation / Foundation
Curb Station East Riverfront East: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St. Pour Foundation (East station)
Station Layout (West station)
Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts. Station Foundation / Excavation

Tues., May 30 to Sat., June 3 (7 am to 5 pm):

Median Station Allison East: Broad St., btwn Allison St. & Meadow St. Kneewall
Median Stations Science Museum East/West: btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl. Totem & Kneewall / Pour Concrete
Median Stations Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St. Station Foundation / Totem / Pour Concrete
Median Station VCU/VUU East: Broad St., btwn Shafer & Laurel Sts. Excavation & Backfilling
Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing Station Foundation / Footers
Curb Station East Riverfront West/East: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St. Footers (West station)
Station Foundation (East station)
Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts. Station Foundation / Footers
Curb Station Staples Mill East/West: Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St. Excavation / Backfill (East station)
Set MOT barrier (West station)
Curb Station Willow Lawn:  EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave. & Willow Lawn Dr. Set Barrier / MOT (to begin waterline relocation)

Mon., June 5 to Sat., June 10 ( 7 am to 5 pm):

Median Station Allison East: Broad St., btwn Allison St. & Meadow St.   Backfill / Install Communications / Electrical Conduits
Median Stations Science Museum East/West: btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl. Kneewall / Backfilling
Median Stations Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St. TBD
Median Station VCU/VUU East: btwn Shafer St. & Laurel St. Station Foundation / Footers
Curb Station Government Center East: Broad St. btwn 8th & 9th Sts. Excavation / Backfilling
Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing   Station Foundation / Footers
Curb Stations East Riverfront West/East: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St. Footers / Backfill (West station)
Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts. Footers / Pour Concrete
Curb Station Staples Mill East/West:  WB Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St.

Footers (East station)
Excavation / Backfill (West station)

Mon., June 12 to Sat., June 17 ( 7 am to 5 pm):

Median Station Allison East: Broad St., btwn Allison St. & Meadow St.   TBD
Median Stations Science Museum East/West: btwn Robinson St. & Terminal Pl. Kneewall (East station)
TBD (West station)
Median Stations Cleveland East/West:  btwn Cleveland St. & Altamont St. TBD
Median Station VCU/VUU East:  btwn Shafer St. & Laurel St. Footers / Pour Concrete
Curb Station Government Center East/West: Broad St. btwn 8th & 10th Sts. Footers (East station)
Excavation / Backfill (West station)
Curb Station Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing   Footers / Pour Concrete
Curb Station East Riverfront West/East: E. Main St., btwn Ash St. & Nicholson St. TBD
Curb Station Shockoe Bottom East:  E. Main St. eastbound, between 24th & 25th Sts. TBD
Curb Station Staples Mill East/West: EB Broad St., btwn Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St. Footers / Pour Concrete (East station)
Footers (West station)

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.

Construction Parking Impacts for Curb Stations (Orleans, Shockoe Bottom, Government 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.

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.


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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