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First look: Main Street/Dock Street Project

A sort of gathering was held at the Powhatan Community Center in Fulton early Wednesday evening. Somebody, maybe from the city, put a nice set of posters on stands at the front of the room, showing what might happen along Main Street and Dock Street. There were also consultants, but I honestly wasn’t in the mood for all that.

There was a set of documents on a table (grabbed and scanned below). There was also a feedback questionnaire page, which said that an online version of the feedback questionnaire will be available online HERE at some point.

Perhaps the most arresting sentence? East Main Street will be closed January 2017 to August 2017.

The city’s page for the project describes it thusly:

This project’s primary purpose is to provide a better transportation network to accommodate current and future traffic volumes in the rapidly developing east end area of the city, as well as improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the city’s riverfront, public transit, public parking, and streetscape.

  • Dock Street will be relocated from Pear Street to Peebles Street with a roundabout at the Main Street intersection.
  • East Main Street will be widened to include parking, sidewalk, bike lanes, landscaping, and BRT bus pullouts.
  • The intersection at Main Street and Nicholson Street will be evaluated to determine if a signal or roundabout is needed.
  • Sidewalk and landscaping will be added along Nicholson Street and extend to the railroad bridge.
  • Closure of Water Street between Nicholson Street to Ash Street.

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Kathleen Sanders
Kathleen Sanders
4 years ago

I’m sorry, you lost me at ‘east Main Street will be closed’ for 6 months. WTF?

Doug Kipps
Doug Kipps
4 years ago

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aaronsdotson
aaronsdotson
4 years ago

@chpn as someone who drives home daily through there, this plan looks like a train wreck.

Leslie Perucci
Leslie Perucci
4 years ago

Roundabouts suck, all they do is create confusion, delays and accidents

spacecat
spacecat
4 years ago

Doesn’t really sound like public feedback ort of meeting.

Cadeho
Cadeho
4 years ago

ENOUGH ROUNDABOUTS RICHMOND!!!! ENOUGH!!!! You put them everywhere except where they need to be!

Cadeho
Cadeho
4 years ago

Also thanks John for sharing!

ann
ann
4 years ago

“Transit Shelter”? They look a bit like gallows.

Alexander Merrick-Tagore
Alexander Merrick-Tagore
4 years ago

Sure looks like a waste of $7M. Might as well build a ballpark there while they’re at it.

Jacob Nieding
Jacob Nieding
4 years ago

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Cadeho
Cadeho
4 years ago

Entering the new Dock Street from Main heading west will be crazy!

Joe Galt
Joe Galt
4 years ago

Roundabouts actually make traffic flow better and reduce the number of accidents.

Letitia Tish Gaines
Letitia Tish Gaines
4 years ago

All of these roundabouts ?.. But can’t fix the schools ?….

Mark Kronenthal
Mark Kronenthal
4 years ago

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ray
ray
4 years ago

Note the relocation of Dock Street in the lower left hand corner of the map.

Is this being done to help the Echo Harbor developers with their plans for multi story office towers?

Yael Kern
Yael Kern
4 years ago

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Chris Amey
Chris Amey
4 years ago

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Catherine Graham Illian
Catherine Graham Illian
4 years ago

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Terry Peters
Terry Peters
4 years ago

This will end up looking really nice!

Jared Nathan Crane
Jared Nathan Crane
4 years ago

Actually, roundabouts are statistically shown to reduce accidents, especially fatal ones such as t-bones. I believe it’s shitty drivers that cause accidents. If you’re paying attention they will actually smooth the flow of traffic. They’re also more bike friendly.

Katherine Jester
Katherine Jester
4 years ago

IDK…I’m from NJ. Long time roundabout hater, here. I hate hate hate those things. But eastward expansion is inevitable and we have to look 30 years down the road (no pun intended). And what type of closures are we talking about, lane closures, resurfacing from 9pm- 6am? Surely this can get done without cutting off total access.

David Conmy
David Conmy
4 years ago

I think they’re referring to E. Main St. between Williamsburg Ave. and Nicholson St. as the section that’s being closed. Why would they close the rest of E. Main St.? That wouldn’t make any sense based on the description of the project area.

nadine
nadine
4 years ago

I think they better put money into the schools and higher better teachers FIRST.

Aaron
Aaron
4 years ago

In the project description it states that the road closure is due to the already planned VDOT replacement of the Rt. 5 bridge over the railroad tracks. So what they are doing is coordinating the construction work on E. Main street with that work so that there is only one period of road closures instead of creating a whole second period of road closures for this project. And yes, they’re closing it between W’burg and Nicholson, with a detour on Dock/Water St. and Nicholson.

Andrea Bailey
Andrea Bailey
4 years ago

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Clay Street
Clay Street
4 years ago

I am wondering what is going to happen when the traffic circle they are planning at Ash/Peebles/rerouted Dock Street/E. Main Street is put in. If traffic is headed west in the morning, what happens when the light at Main and Williamsburg turns red and traffic stops? Does it back up into the traffic circle? If I am traveling west on E. Main I need to go 270 degrees around the traffic circle to get to the new Dock Street…if traffic is flowing east on Main after it splits from Williamsburg, will my stopping to wait for traffic cause a backup?… Read more »

25th St. Michael
25th St. Michael
4 years ago

thanks John for all your work! and thanks Ann for the gallows joke. i guess to jump on the roundabouts…ive driven through many in several states. they work when its a combo of clear marked driving flow and quality drivers. period. some here in richmond are perfect. some…well…

Matt
Matt
4 years ago

Roundabouts beat 4 way stops any day. Those bike lanes look scary, especially when you are riding between a bus and traffic. Will Richmond ever learn how to design and implement protected bike lanes that separate bikes from traffic?

Cadeho
Cadeho
4 years ago

#19… Great point… had me laughing… this is an awful idea…

Linda Mathers Kronenthal
Linda Mathers Kronenthal
4 years ago

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Stewart Schwartz
Stewart Schwartz
4 years ago

There are good aspects to their proposal including bike lanes, on street parking, more room for parks and riverfront activity, but the roundabout must be designed right to not just smooth traffic but to also slow it and allow pedestrians to safely cross to and from the riverfront. BUT what concerns me is the city’s failure to consult far earlier in the process and to share the big picture – read on for surprises… 1) They’ve been studying this for 2-3 years and failed to share information or allow public participation. This meeting feels like a check-the-box exercise when the… Read more »

Stewart Schwartz
Stewart Schwartz
4 years ago

CHA members have repeatedly asked for a comprehensive East End riverfront planning process instead of looking piecemeal at a transportation section, the small Lehigh Cement park conversion, etc. The plan should look along all of Dock, Echo Harbor, the development sites on Pear Street, Fulton Gas Works, Gillies Creek Trails, Fulton, balancing riverfront parkland and development, etc Many Church Hill residents and state preservation groups would like to see the Echo Harbor site purchased as a park, but the city won’t even allow the site to be discussed. Development along a river can be great, but at that site the… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
4 years ago

Hey everyone – the link in the article above has a comment form on the City’s website – http://www.richmondgov.com/PublicWorks/EastMainDockStreetProject.aspx.

Print it, fill it out and mail it in. If we all do it, we can influence this project. We may not all agree, but perhaps they’ll hear us and make some changes.

Clay Street
Clay Street
4 years ago

@23/24: that was a main takeaway I had from the “presentation” the other night–there isn’t a MASTER master plan, there are only mini-master plans that deal with very specific issues related to traffic, waterfront development, public access, transportation, etc. The city seems to have no idea how to take a step back and conduct and oversee multiple intersecting issues. The reps the other night couldn’t explain how people getting off the buses at the Pulse transit area or parking on E. Main Street would walk down to the Capital Trail–they aren’t considering them as connected??? There is a steepish embankment… Read more »

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