Construction Info

(Updated February 16, 2018)
Construction Activities Underway
As work progresses, frequent updates are provided here on the “what, when and where.”
GRTC Pulse Construction Hotline: (804) 980-0084.

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The Design-Build (DB) Contractor, LANE Construction, has workers in the field in the work area during permitted day and night hours, working on GRTC Pulse, a new bus rapid transit system serving the Richmond Region, from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. Most station construction is occurring during permitted daytime hours, 7.a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Other work relating to roadway, traffic signals and station canopy installation is occurring during both permitted daytime and nighttime hours, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday to Thursday. Details are below. All schedules are weather and progress-dependent. Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) has been established where work is occurring.

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This week on Broad Street, station construction continued at Willow Lawn; Staples Mill East and West; Cleveland East and West; Science Museum East and West; Allison East and West; VCU & VUU East and West; Arts District East and West; Convention Center East and West; Government Center East and West; and VCU Hospital East and West. On E. Main Street, construction continued at Main St. Station East and West; Shockoe Bottom East and West; East Riverfront East and West; and Orleans. In addition to station construction, roadway and traffic signal work are occurring along the project route.   

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.

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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 roadway 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 St. at Willow Lawn Drive.
  • On Broad Street between Chantilly St. and Blacker St.
  • 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 3rd and 14th Streets.
  • On East Main Street between 24th and 25th Streets.
  • On East Main Street between 15th and 16th Streets.
  • On East Main Street at East Riverfront.
  • Orleans Street at Rocketts Landing.

RECENT RECAP AND LOOK-AHEAD: (next update expected 2/23/18)


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.
 

Week of February 11, 2018

Willow Lawn: EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave. & Willow Lawn Dr. (CURBSIDE; WESTERN TERMINUS)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights / Set communications cabinet

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring.

 

Staples Mill East / West: Broad St., between Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring.

Cleveland East / West: Broad St. between Cleveland St. & Altamont St.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Science Museum East / West: Broad St. between Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations) / Coping (East station)

Roadway Work:  between Science Museum and Allison stations

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Allison East / West: Broad St., between Meadow & Strawberry Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Roadway Work:  EB & WB Broad at Allison St. intersection (inside/bus lanes only); between Science Museum and Allison stations

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

VCU & VUU East / West: Broad St., between Shafer & Laurel Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Architectural slab / Form-pour ramps & landings (both stations)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Arts District East / West: Broad St., between Foushee & Jefferson Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Roadway Work:  Milling & Asphalt (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking has been removed in these locations during construction, and will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

 

Convention Center East / West:  Broad St., between 2nd & 5th Sts.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Metal roofing (West station); Set communications cabinet (both stations)

Roadway Work:  Milling & Paving (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Government Center East / West: Broad St., between 8th & 10th Sts.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Set communications cabinet (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

VCU Hospital East / West: Broad St., between 11th & Old 14th Sts.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Station bricks / Pour bus pad / Bench brackets & Waterproofing (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Main St. Station East / West:  E. Main St., between 15th & 17th Sts.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Install metal roofing (West station); Blocks / Backfill footer & Form structural slab-storm drain top (East station)

Traffic Signal Work:  West station

Night Work:  West station

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Shockoe Bottom East / West:  E. Main St., between 24th & 25th Sts.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Architectural slab-brick pavers / Ceiling framing (East station); Station bricks / Totem brick (West station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

East Riverfront West / East: E. Main St., between Ash St. & Nicholson St.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Ceiling framing (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing   (CURBSIDE; EASTERN TERMINUS)

 Station Construction:  Set communications cabinet / Ceiling framing

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Other Location Impacts:

Roadway Work:  WB Broad btwn 7th & 4th Sts.; Broad St. median from 7th St. to Old 14th St.; EB & WB Broad btwn Science Museum & Allison stations

Traffic Signal Work:   WB Broad @ Davis St., EB Broad @ Robinson St.

Night Work:   WB Broad @ Davis St., EB Broad @ Robinson St.

 

Week of February 18, 2018

Willow Lawn: EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave & Willow Lawn Dr. (CURBSIDE; WESTERN TERMINUS)

Station Construction:  Sidewalk tie-in / Cedar soffit system

Roadway Work:  EB Broad between Byrd Ave. and Willow Lawn station

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Staples Mill East / West: EB Broad St., between Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Cedar soffit system / Sidewalk tie-in (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Cleveland East / West: Broad St. between Cleveland St. & Altamont St.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Cedar soffit system (East station)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Science Museum East / West: Broad St. between Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (West station)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Allison East / West: Broad St., between Meadow & Strawberry Sts.    (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

VCU & VUU East / West: Broad St., between Shafer & Laurel Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Ceiling framing / Form-Pour median walkway (both stations); Pull wire & Set lights (East station)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Arts District East / West: Broad St., between Foushee & Jefferson Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Coping / Pull wire & Set lights (both stations)

Roadway Work:  EB Broad between Adams & 1st Sts. (lane shifts)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Convention Center East / West:  Broad St., between 2nd & 5th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Ceiling framing (West station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Government Center East / West: Broad St., between 8th & 10th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Ceiling framing (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

VCU Hospital East / West: Broad St., between 11th & Old 14th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Ceiling framing (both stations) / Grade-Pour landings & sidewalk (West station); Station brick / Install metal roofing / Pour architectural slab (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Main St. Station East / West:  E. Main St., between 15th & 17th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Station bricks / Totem bricks / Grade-Pour bus pad (West station); Set steel canopy / Field welding canopy / Paint canopy (East station)

Night Work:   Set steel canopy (2/19)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Shockoe Bottom East / West:  E. Main St., between 24th & 25th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Coping (East station); Totem bricks / Architectural slab / Ceiling framing (West station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

East Riverfront West / East: E. Main St., between Ash St. & Nicholson St. (CURBSIDE)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing (CURBSIDE; EASTERN TERMINUS)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Other Location Impacts:

Roadway Work:  Broad St. median from 7th to Old 14th Sts. / Byrd Ave. @ Broad St / EB Broad between Byrd Ave. & Willow Lawn station; Broad St. median from I-195 overpass to 1st St. (removal of median junction boxes)

 

Week of February 25, 2018

Willow Lawn: EB Broad St., btwn Byrd Ave & Willow Lawn Dr. (CURBSIDE; WESTERN TERMINUS)

Station Construction:  Install hand rails / Install rub rails

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Staples Mill East / West: EB Broad St., between Staples Mill Rd. & Blacker St.  (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Install hand rails / Install rub rails (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Cleveland East / West: Broad St. between Cleveland St. & Altamont St.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Cedar soffit system / Install rub rail (both stations)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Science Museum East / West: Broad St. between Robinson St. & Terminal Pl.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Install rub rails (East station); Cedar soffit system (both stations)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Allison East / West: Broad St., between Meadow & Strawberry Sts.    (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Cedar soffit system (both stations)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

VCU & VUU East / West: Broad St., between Shafer & Laurel Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (West station)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

Arts District East / West: Broad St., between Foushee & Jefferson Sts.  (MEDIAN)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (West station); Cedar soffit system (East station)

Parking Impacts: No Parking in these locations during construction; parking will be restored to final configuration upon completion of each station.

 

Convention Center East / West:  Broad St., between 2nd & 5th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations); Coping (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Government Center East / West: Broad St., between 8th & 10th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Sidewalk tie-ins / Pull wire & Set lights (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

VCU Hospital East / West: Broad St., between 11th & Old 14th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Grade-Pour landings & Sidewalk / Pull wire & Set lights (West station); Ceiling framing / Blocks-west end of station (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Main St. Station East / West:  E. Main St., between 15th & 17th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Architectural slab / Ceiling framing / Pull wire & Set lights (West station); Paint canopy / Station brick / Bench brackets & Waterproofing / Install metal roofing / Ceiling framing (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Shockoe Bottom East / West:  E. Main St., between 24th & 25th Sts. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations); Coping (East station)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

East Riverfront West / East: E. Main St., between Ash St. & Nicholson St. (CURBSIDE)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights (both stations)

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Orleans:  Orleans St. at Rocketts Landing (CURBSIDE; EASTERN TERMINUS)

Station Construction:  Pull wire & Set lights / Cedar soffit system

Parking Impacts: Parking is temporarily removed, where station construction is occurring

Other Location Impacts:

Roadway Work:  Broad St. median from 7th to Old 14th Sts.; Broad St. median from I-195 overpass to 1st St. (removal of median junction boxes)

  • 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.

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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