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Bridge replacement, Dock Street relocation expected to take most of 2017

On the radar since November of 2015, the Main Street Bridge Replacement project kicks off in January, with the Dock Street Relocation Project starting in February.

From Varina Community Connections::

Happy New Year!
If you use Rt. 5 for your commute into the city you will have a detour at Rocketts Landing starting January 3rd. After a few emails and phone calls here is what I received from VDOT and the City of Richmond


There are actually 2 separate projects in the same general vicinity. The first is the Rt 5 bridge replacement project being administered by VDOT. This project will replace the structure over Norfolk Southern Railroad. This is the project that will close RT 5 on January 3rd. A short detour will be in place during construction which is expected to last until July 21, 2017.

From Richmond City

East River Front Transportation Improvement Project as follows:

  1. Phase I East Main street improvement from Nicholson street to the newly constructed round about at the intersection of E. Main street and new Relocated Dock street, construction will start around mid February and scheduled for completion by September 1st
  2. Continue roundabout construction plus retaining wall and new relocated Dock street construction will continue further and scheduled completion date is January 2017.

City of Richmond is using same detour plans as VDOT RTE 5 Bridge Project which is attached to this e mail. Traffic will be detoured to Williamsburg avenue then to Nicholson street to Rockets Landing and E. Main street will be closed to traffic for phase I of the Project. Once phase I is completed E. Main street will be opened to traffic and Dock street as well as water street will be closed.

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Mike 12/28/2016 at 9:32 AM

A lot more traffic will be coming through Church Hill during the road closures…

John M 12/28/2016 at 4:55 PM

Street Closure – East Main Street between Williamsburg Avenue, Dock and Nicholson Streets
WHO: City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT: Street Closure

WHEN: Starting on 12 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 and ending at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2017

WHERE: East Main Street between Williamsburg Avenue, Dock and Nicholson Streets

BACKGROUND: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews will begin construction on a project to replace the East Main Street (Route 5) bridge over Norfolk Southern railroad.

During construction, the road will be closed to through traffic. Local drivers will still be able to reach destinations around the bridge. Eastbound and westbound traffic will be detoured via Williamsburg Avenue and Nicholson Street. Additionally, Dock Street and Government Road will also be open to traffic.

The City will be assisting VDOT and monitoring traffic. However, we advise drivers to plan extra time into your schedule and use widely available traffic apps to plan the best route by the time of day. Please consider alternate routes such as the Virginia Capital Trail by bicycle.

Please use caution, share the road and follow the detour signs. Safety is our first priority.

For more information about the project, visit

Taft Kiser 12/28/2016 at 10:01 PM

Ummm… Isn’t the core of that a circa 1855 bridge over the Richmond & York Railroad???? Sure it got reinforced concrete maybe 1925, but go down there and look at its stone abutments. That’s some beautiful old stuff!

Cadeho 12/29/2016 at 1:20 AM

Richmond loves destroying things that are neat about the city. Where else do we have a high and low road? Where else do we have a building over a busy road with a view of the river and skyline?

Brian Palmer 12/29/2016 at 12:24 PM

Just to be clear: In tearing down the circa 1920 concrete parts of the East Main Street Bridge, will the state also destroy the 1850s stone structures at the bridge’s core? The same structures that the Dept of Historical Resources said are eligible for the National Register for Historic Places just six months ago? To borrow a phrase, why Richmond, why?

John M 01/04/2017 at 8:59 AM

VDOT demolishing Shockoe Bottom bridge that has features dating to 1850s


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