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Richmond, VA
23219 USA

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Capital Projects (CIP) & Transportation Projects

The division's mission is to deliver environmentally sound transportation projects for the Richmond region that are on-time and on-budget, so that people, goods and services can move safely, seamlessly, and efficiently throughout the City of Richmond.

Completed Projects FY18 - FY20

Upcoming and Active CIP Projects

If you know of any areas where capital improvements are needed, perhaps a new sidewalk or curb, just let us know. We will review your request and let you know how much it will cost to fix it. We also will give you information about how and when it may be funded.

An example of a completed CIP Project - photos of the East River Front Project 

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City to hold Public Meeting - May 22, 2023 for 

US-60 Downtown Expressway Gateway Pedestrian Improvements Project

~ Meeting scheduled to provide information and solicit public input ~

The Department of Public Works (DPW) invites the community to attend a public meeting Monday, May 22 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Main Street Station, 1500 East Main Street to learn more about the US-60 Downtown Expressway Gateway Pedestrian Improvements Project. The project will provide improvements to the pedestrian infrastructure around Kanawha Plaza (South 9th Street, East Canal Street, South 7th Street, and East Byrd Street) in the vicinity of the downtown expressway. The proposed improvements will provide safer pedestrian access to the Plaza.

Elements of the project include:

  • Increased pedestrian accessibility
  • Adding and widening sidewalk
  • Reconstruction of intersection geometry
  • Enhanced pedestrian crossings by reducing the length of the crossing and clearly marked crosswalks
  • Installation of pedestrian signals, planting street trees, and
  • Installation of a new traffic signal at South 7th and East Byrd Streets

Project information will also be available at city Hall, 900 East Broad Street, 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Please call 804-646-2467 to make an appointment to review project documents. Please call ahead to ensure the availability of appropriate personnel to answer your questions.

Comments can be submitted at the meeting or mailed to Ms. Yongping Wang, Richmond Department of Public Works, 900 East Broad Street, 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219 or by email to Please include "UPC111702 - US 60 Downtown Expressway Gateway Pedestrian Improvement Project" on the subject line. All comments must be received by the June 5, 2023 deadline.

The City of Richmond will arrange for reasonable accommodations for non-English speaking persons or those persons with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments. Please email or call 804-646-2467.


Image - US60 Downtown Expressway - Gateway Pedestrian Improvement Project



Willingness to hold a Public Meeting

Canal Walk Improvements Project - Phase II

Comments Needed By June 16, 2023

UPC 113492 VDOT Project Number: EN19-127-040 Federal CN Number: TAP5A27 (979)

The City of Richmond has completed 30 percent design plans for the Canal Walk Improvements Project – Phase II. The project will provide improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure along the Canal Walk in Shockoe Bottom. The proposed improvements will provide better accommodations for bicycles from the Virginia Capital Trail to Brown’s Island, and the Tyler Potterfield Bridge.

The new infrastructure will provide connectivity via the existing bridge over the Canal with modifications to improve the conditions for bicycle access, including eliminating the need for bicyclists to use the switchback, through the extension of the ramp to provide a continuous straight decent from bridge deck to Canal Walk. This will be accomplished by further eliminating the steps, retaining wall, and landscaping at the foot of the first ramp run. These modifications will provide a straight ramp to the Canal Walk.

To review project information call the City of Richmond Department of Public Works, 900 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor, tel. 804-646-6584, to request an in-person review of materials with appropriate Department of Public Works personnel to answer your questions.

If your concerns cannot be satisfied through review of the materials online or an in-person meeting, the City of Richmond is willing to hold a public hearing. You may request that a public hearing be held by sending a written request to Mr. Adel Edward at Please reference “Canal Walk Improvements Project – Phase II” in the subject heading.

Comments can be mailed to Adel Edward, City of Richmond Department of Public Works, 900 E. Broad Street, 6th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219. Requests for a public hearing must be received prior to June 16, 2023. If it is deemed necessary to hold a public hearing, notice of date, time and place of the hearing will be posted.

The City of Richmond ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact TTY/TDD 711 or call Adel Edward at 804-646-6584.

Project Location

Image - Canal Walk - Project Location

Project Design:

Image - Canal Walk - Project Location





This page includes the Proposed Plans for the

(1) Hull Street Corridor Streetscape Project and

(2) Hull Street over Manchester Canal Bridge Replacement Projects

Thank You for Your Feedback - the survey period closed at 5 pm on May 12, 2022.

Survey Comments - Click here to review the comments from the survey from the Hull Street Streetscape Project.



 Hull Street Corridor Streetscape Project 


Projects: UPC 111703, U000-127-004, PE-101, C-501,

Federal Number: NHPP-2A27(720)

The purpose of the Hull Street Streetscape project is to enhance the overall safety and aesthetic of the Hull Street corridor in the revitalizing Manchester neighborhood.  The project will improve pedestrian infrastructure and safety, improve traffic operations and safety, and provide lacking streetscape amenities.

The project will address needs related to vehicle congestion, transit amenities, missing pedestrian infrastructure, and lacking street trees and amenities.  Improvements will encourage further economic investment and development in a corridor undergoing an urban revitalization.

Project Area:

  • The Hull Street Streetscape project limits are from 9th Street to the Flood Wall

Improvements are limited to the existing right-of-way and generally include:

  • New street trees, street furnishings (benches, bike racks, trash cans) and concrete sidewalks
  • Upgraded curb ramps where nonexistent or non-compliant
  • Upgrade of existing streets lights with new decorative fixtures, and installation of new decorative lights
  • Minor intersection modifications at Hull St. & 2nd Street, including signal reconstruction and new phasing, crosswalks, curb extensions, new sidewalks across the adjacent Norfolk Southern railroad
  • New traffic signal and crosswalks at 5th Street
  • New marked crosswalks across minor intersecting streets
  • New curb extension, crosswalks, southbound right-turn lane removal at Commerce Rd. intersection, and associated traffic signal modifications
  • New city-owned conduit for future traffic signal fiber communications
  • Modifications to existing on-street parking time restrictions
  • Closure/consolidation of existing entrances to public right-of-way

Project Materials for the Hull Street Streetscape Project:

Manchester Development Area

Project Manager - Winston Phillips (email:

Survey Comments - Click here to review the comments from the survey from the Hull Street Streetscape Project.


Hull Street over Manchester Canal Bridge Replacement Project

UPC 113290, 0360-127-035


Project Materials for the Manchester Canal Bridge Replacement Project:

Project Manager - Tom Westbrook (email:


Thank You for Your Feedback

Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

Semmes Avenue, Forest Hill Avenue and Dundee Avenue Intersections

Semmes Avenue and 34th Street Intersections


Note: The survey and comment period closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 18, 2022. Thank you for your feedback. The links to the documents and project information will remain online. 

Click here to review the survey summary results.



City council passed a resolution in 2015 the study traffic calming measures at the intersection. The City hired a consultant to develop concepts solutions in 2016. Funding was approval in 2019 for project design and construction contingent on adherence to the study and concept results provided by the design team. Also in 2019 the City met with stakeholders to refine the initial selected concept. The concept was enhanced based on stakeholder input and evolved into the current safety solution.

Two Phased Project

  1. Provide a signal at Semmes and 34th Street. ($300,000)
  2. Provide enhanced traffic operations, crosswalks markings, ADA ramps and pedestrian signal. ($500,000)

These phases work together as a system, major deviation may result of forfeiture of Federal Funds and loss of project.

Total Budget & Scope

  • $800,000 Design and Construction
  • 80% Federal and 20% Local for design and construction 20%
    • Included
      • Improved Pedestrian Safety
      • Signals (Traffic & Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon)
      • Enhanced Crosswalks
      • Upgraded ADA ramps
      • Additional parking
      • Additional Green Space
    • Excluded
      • Right of Way (land)
      • Lighting
      • Bike Lanes

Project Schedule (Preliminary)

  • Public Engagement                       January/February 2022
  • Advertise for Construction          Fall 2022
  • Start Construction                         Spring 2023
  • End Construction                          Winter 2023

Project Manager: Winston Phillips email: or call 804-646-5994

Project Documents

  1. Project Presentation
  2. Forest Hill & Semmes Avenue Display – Aerial view
  3. Forest Hill Avenue Streetscape Design
  4. West 34th Street – Semmes Avenue Signal Plan Set
  5. Environmental Document PCE for UPC 113445
  6. Environmental Document PCE for UPC 113446
  7. Frequently Asked Questions




Find out about the proposed

  • East Richmond Road over Stony Run Bridge Replacement (Project: UPC 113296; U0000-127-032) AND
  • East Richmond Road over Gillies Creek Bridge Replacement (Project: UPC 113294; U0000-127-033) in the City of Richmond.

Review the project information concerning design and environmental documentation at the:

  • Department of Public Works office located on the 6th floor of City Hall,
    900 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia23219

To review the above material, or for additional information, please email the Department of Public Works Thomas Westbrook at  Please contact Public Works ahead to ensure availability of appropriate staff to answer your questions.

If your concerns cannot be satisfied, City of Richmond is willing to hold a public hearing. You may request that a public hearing be held by sending a written request to Thomas Westbrook, project manager in the Department of Public Works; 900 East Broad Street, Room 603; Richmond, Virginia 23219 on or before August 13, 2021.  If a request for a public hearing is received, notice of the date, time and place of the hearing will be posted.

City of Richmond ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in ac­cordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you have questions or concerns about your civil rights in regard to this project or need special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, please contact the Capital Project manager noted above.


The city's infrastructure hinges on the work done by the Capital Project Division. They are responsible for new infrastructure projects, ranging from surveying and engineering design to overseeing actual physical construction. The projects cover a wide spectrum ranging from new small sidewalk projects, major sidewalk repair and curb/gutter installations to major projects such as new road construction, roadway widening and rehabilitating bridges.

The Capital Projects staff also manages state and federally funded projects within the city, such as the Belvidere and Broad Intersection Improvement Project. We also are responsible for major restoration projects resulting from damage caused by natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods

The city of Richmond is responsible for 832 center lane miles of street, 836 miles of sidewalk, as well as 83 bridges.

Some of the many responsibilities managed by the CIP Division are:

  • New Road Construction - To identify and construct new roads based on need
  • Road Rehabilitation/ Modification - To identify needs and construct modifications such as realignments and widening to increase accessibility and mobility
  • Bridge rehabilitation/new bridges - Rehabilitate deteriorating bridge infrastructure and construct new bridges
  • Streetscape Improvements - Providing landscaping, brick sidewalk, crosswalk, streetlights and other street appurtenances
  • Pedestrian / Bicycle Accessibility - To identify and correct deficiencies in the transportation network, including gaps in the infrastructure
  • Traffic Calming - To construct structures to slow down traffic as needed and to increase transportation safety and promote neighborhood vitality
  • Work Zone Safety - To identify, correct, and monitor improper work zones
  • ADA Program - To identify and fulfill needs for handicap accessibility within the ROW
  • Sidewalk Improvement Program - To identify and fulfill requests for sidewalk repairs within the ROW that are beyond the capabilities of roadway maintenance
  • Neighborhood in Bloom (NIB) Program - Infrastructure improvements such as curb & gutter, sidewalk, pavement, and streetlight to compliment federal neighborhood rehabilitation funds in the six defined NIB areas.
  • New Sidewalk Program - Installation of new sidewalks, prioritized based on the technical criteria.
  • Urban New Curb & Gutter Program - Installation of new curb & gutter prioritized based on the technical criteria.
  • Plan Review - (master plan, site plan, and design plan) To review and correct all proposed transportation plans prior to submittal and construction
  • Estimating Services - Provide cost estimates for proposed Capital Improvement Projects originating from the administration, council, and the Citizens Request System.
  • Grant Writing - To seek additional project funding from the state and federal government, as well as recommend expenditure of city funds. Annually, the program provides the City of Richmond with transportation improvement projects funded through the following sources:
    • Transportation Alternative Federal Funds
    • RSTP - Regional Surface Transportation Program
    • CMAQ - Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
    • Hazard Elimination Program (Safety)
    • Enhancement Grants
    • Governor's Opportunity Fund
    • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants
    • VDOT Revenue Sharing
    • City of Richmond Capital Improvement Program
    • Private Funds
    • Capital Improvements Projects
    • Highway Safety Improvement Program
    • Smart Scale

Major highway Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) are based on need studies that analyze technical criteria, including traffic volumes, projected growth and accident history. Some projects are developed by staff based on the mayor's goals or are a a result of City Council recommendations. While numerous other projects are based on information obtained from the RVA311 Service Request System.

CIP are primarily funded through various highway construction grants that contain federal dollars with a state match. Smaller projects utilize city funds which are backed by government obligation bonds. However, at the end of the day all funds come from taxpayers like you.


Funding Sources

Gillies Creek Trail - Phases II and III

Virtual Meeting Information Available November 5 - 19, 2020

The City of Richmond is currently designing a shared-use trail along Gillies Creek. The trail is intended to be located from Williamsburg Avenue to Jennie Scher Road. It is part of a larger trail network that is envisioned to connect the Virginia Capital Trail to a north side mixed-income redevelopment at Armstrong High School. The design will include safe pedestrian crossings at existing roadway intersections.

We need your input. Please review the presentation and give us your feedback. The presentation and survey will be available from November 5 – 19, 2020.

If you need additional information, please contact the project manager, Adel Edward at

NOTE: The survey period closed on Thursday, November 19. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your help. 


Image - GIllies Creek Trail Project


Forest Hill Avenue Improvement Project

Forest Hill Project


The city is currently developing construction plans for the Forest Hill Avenue Improvements project from the Powhite Parkway to Hathaway Road. The goal for the project is to provide multimodal improvements through the corridor to improve safety and enhance livability along Forest Hill Avenue.


    Forest Hill Avenue is an urban minor arterial road serving regional traffic and the surrounding neighborhoods and the surrounding businesses. It connects two major limited access highways, the Powhite Parkway and Chippenham Parkway and includes a significant business corridor. The busy roadway carries and average daily traffic volume in excess of 33,000 vehicles (2009) and design year traffic of 44,400 vpd (2030). Traffic projections severely impact safety and accessibility if no improvements are made. With the recommended enhancements, the new roadway will provide a safe, multi-modal corridor for all users and improve livability.

      Project Manager

      Alvin Hicks
      Construction Inspector Supervisor
      Department of Public Works
      P | 804.646.5654
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      Project Schedule

      • Preliminary Studies/Design - Began February 2009
      • Preliminary (30%) Roadway Plans - Ongoing
      • Public Information Meeting #1 - December, 17, 2009
      • Public Information Meeting #2 – November 10, 2010
      • Public Information Meeting #3 – March 17, 2011
      • Public Review of Project Documents - July 13, 2011
      • City Planning Commission Conceptual Approval - July 18, 2011
      • Stakeholder Meeting - September 21, 2011
      • Stakeholder Meeting - October 26, 2011
      • Mark Edge of Improvements, Right of Way, and Impacted Trees - Complete January 31, 2012
      • Public Hearing – March 13, 2013 (Rescheduled from March 6, 2013 due to weather forecast)
      • UDC Final - May 09, 2013
      • CPC Final - May 20, 2013
      • Right of Way Acquisition - November 2016
      • Construction Advertisement - February 16, 2018
      • Begin construction - August 2018
      • Underground Utility Work - July - August 2019
      • Roadway Work to commence - September 2019
      • Phase II Utility Relocation - November 2020 - June 2021
      • Final phase of construction to commence - June 2021
      • Complete construction - December, 2021


      The project will consider the following:

      • Improving the road from four lanes to five lanes by installing a raised landscaped median for left turn lanes
      • New curb
      • Four foot Sidewalks
      • Four foot planting strip
      • Five foot Bike lanes without gutter pan
      • Storm sewer system for improved drainage
      • Traffic signal improvements
      • GRTC bus stop enhancements
      • Landscape enhancements and street lighting improvements


      • Federal funds will pay for the total project estimated to cost $12 million.
      • The current design phase is estimated to cost about $2 million.
      • Utility relocation and right of way is estimated at $1.5 million.
      • Construction will cost approximately $8.5 million.

      Forest Hill Avenue Progress Plans

      Forest Hill Avenue Landscape Progress Plans

      Forest Hill Avenue Public Hearing Plans (60%)

      Forest Hill Avenue Landscape Plans (60%)

      Forest Hill Avenue Environmental Document

      Design Conceptually Approved by City Planning Commission
              (July 18, 2011)

      Jahnke Road Improvement Project Overview

      The Jahnke Road Improvement Project is designed to improve traffic safety, improve traffic flow and enhance overall livability for the residents and users of the Jahnke Road Corridor. Jahnke Road not only carries automobile traffic, but also pedestrians, cyclists, GRTC bus riders and children who attend the three public schools located along the project corridor.

      Important project elements within the design will include a shared use path, sidewalks, and landscaping. The existing roadway drainage will be upgraded from an open system with roadside ditches to a closed system with storm sewer pipe and curb and gutter which will eliminate areas slow to drain during prolonged periods of heavy rainfall.

      Current funding is available for engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction.

      Project Status

      Construction plans are complete and the project will be re-advertised for construction Late Spring 2023. The acquisition of right-of-way and easements for roadway construction, drainage improvements and utility relocations has concluded by the City Consultant, Stantec, for a total of 84 parcels.


        Project Manager

        Mr. Winston Phillips
        Department of Public Works
        City Hall, Suite 603
        900 East Broad Street
        Richmond, Virginia 23219
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        Jahnke Road Design Elements

        • Raised 16-ft landscaped median separating two travel lanes (one lane in each direction)
        • New curb and gutter
        • New storm sewer system
        • Left turn lanes are provided at Newell Road, Spruance Road, Forestview School Drive (entrance to Elizabeth Redd Elementary School), Irby Drive and Leicester Road
        • 5-ft sidewalk with a 6-ft green space for landscaping on the south side of Jahnke Road
        • 8-ft shared use path with a 8-ft green space for landscaping on the north side of Jahnke Road
        • ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant for pedestrian traffic and bus commuters
        • New Signal at Forestview School Drive (entrance to Elizabeth Redd Elementary School)
        • Safety improvements at CSX rail crossing

        Estimated Costs

        • Preliminary Engineering Costs: $2,410,000
        • Utility and Right of Way Costs: $2,151,000
        • Roadway Construction Costs: $17,000,000
        • Total Estimated Costs: $21,561,000
        • The project is funded with Federal, State, and City funds.

        Project Plans


        • Re-Advertise for Construction - Late Spring 2024
        • Complete Construction -  Summer 2026

        Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

        • Life to date: $6,530,000

        Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)

        • Active-Utility relocations and adjustments are ongoing


        Anticipated Project Construction Schedule

        • Right of Way Acquisition complete (84 parcels)

        • Utility Coordination/Relocation - Complete

        • Re-Advertisement for Construction Late Spring 2024

        • Complete Construction Summer 2026

        Previous Project Milestones

        • Began Right of Way Acquisition – Spring 2013
        • Right of Way Acquisition - November 2016  

        Jefferson Avenue Project Overview

        This project builds on the EPA project, the Greening of Jefferson Avenue, from December 2015. The City of Richmond allocated $500,000 in FY2019 from the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to the Department of Public Works, which includes survey, conceptual design of the entire corridor, public meetings, and phase I & Phase II design of landscape/streetscape, multimodal transportation, and integrated stormwater. Phase 1 (Area 1) is south side of intersection at Jefferson Ave. /Leigh St./ 24th St., which was completed in Summer 2020. Phase II (Area 2, 3,4) is on Jefferson Ave. from Leigh St. to M St./25th St.. Construction of Phase II will start in Summer 2024.  Phase III from Clay St. to Leigh Street will start design in Summer 2025. Design of Phase IV and construction of phases III & IV will depend on future funding availability.

        This project will improve the Jefferson Avenue Corridor to promote economic activity through the inclusion of pedestrian safety, bicycle accommodations, additional greenspace, improved transit access, and stormwater runoff reduction. Ultimately, this “complete streets” approach to the project seeks to create a more livable Jefferson Avenue and further establish the Corridor as the gateway to Union Hill and Church Hill.

        Total Project Cost: $5,200,000

        Scope:  Sidewalks, curb extensions, handicap ramps, bike racks, landscaping, and drainage improvements

        Phase Limits Cost Status
        Phase I Intersection of Jefferson & leigh & 24th (Previously Area 1) $600,000 Completed 2020
        Phase II Leigh to 25th (Previously Area 2, 3, 4) $1,200,000 Construction begins Summer 2024 (FY25 Funding)
        Phase III Clay to Leigh $2,200,000 Anticipated Construction in Summer 2026 (FY27 RSP)
        Phase IV Marshall to Clay $1,200,000 TBD (base on future funding)

        * Construction of Phase III depends on the approval of FY25-26 VDOT Revenue Sharing Program (RSP) funding application. Funds will be available in FY27 & FY28.


        Project Budget (Approved FY24-28 CIP Budget)

          FY24 FY25 FY26 Total GO Bond Funds for Existing RSP 50% Match Remaining GO Bonds Funds for FY27-28 VDOT RSP Cycle 50% Match
        GO Bond $200,000 $1,300,000 $293,500 $1,793,500 $698,000 $1,095,500
        Revenue Sharing   $352,000 $346,000 $698,000    
              Total: $2,491,500    


        Project Manager

        Ms. Yongping Wang, Principal Engineer
        City of Richmond 
        Department of Public Works 
        City Hall, Suite 603 
        900 East Broad Street 
        Richmond, Virginia 23219 
        P | 804.646.2467 
        E | 

        Design Goals

        The goal of this project is to reinvent Jefferson Avenue as a street that meets the needs of the citizens of Church Hill and Union Hill, as well as all users of the corridor. To that end, Timmons Group has advanced the conceptual designs, which focus primarily on (1) traffic calming through speed tables, enhanced traffic circles, and narrowed lanes, (2) pedestrian accommodations through bump outs for shorter crossings and improved ADA compliance, and (3) increased greenspace through reclaiming asphalt areas to reduce storm water runoff.  The concept has benefits that impact the Jefferson Avenue corridor in several ways, such as pedestrian safety and drainage improvements, with the goal to create a more livable neighborhood.  This project will improve the Jefferson Avenue corridor to promote economic activity through the inclusion of pedestrian safety.  The project is in a corridor that successfully mixes locally-owned business and residential neighborhoods.  The vision for the streetscape improvements was to improve the experience of all users.

        • Finalizing the design of Phase II (Area 2,3,4) in Winter, 2023;
        • Preparing Bids of Phase II in Spring, 2024
        • Start construction of Phase II in Summer 2024
        • Start design of Phase III ( Clay to Leigh St.) in Summer 2025