Removal of Pulse Construction Barrels & GRTC Operational Exercises

Work continues to progress for the Pulse project, with Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) orange construction barrels scheduled for removal from the route beginning Thursday, April 19th at Thompson St., progressing east and concluding along the entire route by Sunday, April 22nd. Despite the barrels being removed from the roadway and stations, Lane Construction will continue with some remaining work at the stations, such as: landscaping; lights; totem signage; station glass; station ceilings; and more. Some roadway work is expected to continue, including forming pedestrian curb ramps, as well as sidewalk repairs. Please watch for workers who may be in the roadway, along sidewalks and at stations. Slow down and maintain a safe driving distance when passing through these areas.

The removal of barrels permits GRTC to conduct its remaining Operational Exercises beginning Monday, April 23rd. These exercises include Pulse bus runs in dedicated Bus Only lanes, docking at station platforms, and movements through new traffic signals. Operational Exercises are expected to occur through May 2018.

During this increased period of GRTC Operational Exercises, drivers, cylists and pedestrians are encouraged to pay close attention to traffic signage, lane markings and signalization. Please note there may be new travel patterns in place. For everyone’s safety, please do not drive, bike, walk, or skateboard in Bus Only lanes. Bicyclists and drivers are permitted to make right-turns from the Downtown Bus Only lanes. Please yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians, please do not walk down the median; use sidewalks and marked crosswalks. Remain alert for Pulse buses and bus movements that may be different from neighboring lanes.

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. GRTC Pulse is jointly sponsored by Bon Secours Richmond Health System and VCU Health System. The Pulse will link the public to many exciting destinations, businesses, services and restaurants when it opens Summer 2018.

WHO:              DB Contractor, Lane Construction (barrel removal) and GRTC Transit System (Operational Exercises)
WHAT:             Barrel removal and GRTC Pulse Operational Exercises
WHEN & WHERE:  Beginning on Thursday, April 19, 2018, and concluding by Sunday, April 22, 2018 along the entire Pulse route. Work is weather- and progress-dependent. Please follow all signs and signals. 

BRIEF: 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. After barrels are removed, please continue to follow pedestrian pathways, construction signage and be aware of construction workers and vehicles within remaining work zone(s).

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

A Pulse construction hotline is active at 804-980-0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts. For updates online, please visit the Pulse Construction Updates page: and explore more at 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. For the City of Richmond Pulse Business Support Initiative, please visit

As always, work is weather and progress-dependent.