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2024 DPU Annual Floodwall Testing

Richmond, VA - Beginning Saturday, June 1 through Friday, June 7, 2024 between the hours of 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and weather permitting, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be performing its annual floodwall testing. For the duration of the testing at the Mayo Bridge, the bridge will be closed to ALL forms of vehicular traffic to include pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists.  Traffic impacts will be intermittent at all locations throughout the testing hours.

During testing, only City of Richmond personnel and officials are permitted on site. Spectators are not allowed to be present as these areas will have restricted access due to public safety concerns.

The following is a schedule of the dates and locations along the floodwall where testing will occur: 




Sat. June 1

Mayo Bridge @ Hull St.

Bridge closed. No through traffic. Northbound open to island.

Sun. June 2

Mayo Bridge @ Dock St.

Bridge closed. No through traffic. Southbound open to island.

Wed. June 5

South 12th & E. Byrd St.

The closure will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Wed. June 5

Dock St. & 18th St.

The closure will be between Dock Street, 18th & 21st Streets

Fri. June 7

East Cary Street at 21st St.

The closure will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While floodwall testing is taking place, motorists will be detoured to adjoining streets. Barricades and signs will be posted to alert motorists. We strongly appeal to all travelers to obey signage to protect the safety of all, including the utility workers.

Richmond’s floodwall gates are tested once a year to ensure operability when they are needed, and were last tested in June 2023. The last closure of a floodwall occurred in November 2020 with the closure of the Dock Street and Brander Street floodwalls. These closures were a cautionary measure in response to heavy rains in western parts of the James River Basin area.  

For these and other utility related street closures follow us on Twitter @DPUStreetNews.

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