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New traffic signal coming to the intersection of Huguenot Road and Cherokee Road

RICHMOND, Va. – The Department of Public Works will install new traffic signal equipment and make pedestrian upgrades at the intersection of North Huguenot Road and Cherokee Road. This installation will replace the current flashing beacon.

The project includes the following installations:

  • Traffic signal mast arm poles with traffic signal heads and high visibility backplates
    • These backplates are retro-reflective and therefore more visible to drivers in both daytime and nighttime conditions, helping to reduce potential crashes.
  • Countdown pedestrian signals with push buttons
  • Accessible ramps with sidewalk
  • High visibility crosswalk markings

Work is scheduled to begin next week and weather permitting, is slated for completion in Spring 2024.

During construction, there will be intermittent lane closures. Please give our construction workers extra space and slow down when you see orange cones in the work zones.

This $218,000 project is funded through the Capital Improvement Program.

For more information on the Department, please visit us online at www.rva.gov/public-works or email us at AskPublicWorks@rva.gov

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting;  graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1

Hopkins Road Transfer Station closing early Saturday, October 28

RICHMOND, VA – On Saturday, October 28 the Hopkins Road Transfer Station, located at 3506 North Hopkins Road will close at 11 a.m. for repairs.

The transfer station will resume regular hours of operation at 6:30 a.m.  Monday, October 30.

For more information on the Department, please visit us online at www.rva.gov/public-works or email us at AskPublicWorks@rva.gov

We’re Social! For updates on DPW-related projects, activities and events visit us on Twitter (X) @DPW_RichmondVA

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting;  graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1

City expanded the use of Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) at Signal Controlled Intersections to improve safety for people who walk or roll

RICHMOND, Va.  As part of the ongoing Citywide Traffic Signal Retiming Project, the Department of Public Works (DPW) expanded the use of Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) from 28 to 107 intersections. The use of LPI’s increase the visibility of people walking or rolling to turning vehicles which improves safety and can reduce the number of conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians by up to sixty percent.

LPI signal phasing provides:

  • People who walk or roll across the street an exclusive period to begin crossing the intersection before the concurrent vehicle phase begins
  • A “head-start” of several seconds for people walking or rolling
    • This proven technique is primarily intended to increase the visibility of people walking or rolling in the crosswalk by positioning them ahead of right (or left) turning vehicles allowing pedestrians to establish their position ahead of the turning traffic before the turning traffic is released.

  • A low-cost, simple solution that provides a benefit to people crossing at intersections by decreasing potential driver conflicts in some of the busiest city crosswalks.

The length of an LPI varies by intersection. The Department uses the Urban Street Design Guide, published by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) to guide its decisions using current national research and best practices. In general, LPIs of 3 to 7 seconds allow people who walk or roll enough time to cross approximately one-quarter of the intersection.

This improvement is part of the City’s comprehensive approach to achieve the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries by 2030.