USA Cycling event to close many city streets, restrict travel

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) –Make sure you know which Richmond roads will be closed, as there are multiple events this weekend that will coincide with a huge bike race happening downtown throughout the entire weekend.

The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships start Friday, May 2, run through May 4, and will greatly affect travel in the city. Roads will be closed, bridges will be closed and some one-way streets will temporarily be two-way.

These races are a test event for the region’s hosting of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, and will draw more than 400 cyclists to the city — in addition to spectators.

Citizens are asked to avoid the areas of the race if possible and to plan ahead with alternate routes and extra time to get to where they need to go.

Multiple maps of the races and affected areas are currently being posted to the city website and the Richmond Police Department Facebook page.

Street closures will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, around East Broad Street in the area of 5th Street, specifically the closing of East Broad Street between 3rd and 7th streets; 5th Street between East Marshall and East Grace streets; and  3rd Street between East Clay and East Broad streets.

FRIDAY (see below picture for street closings, text) 

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CLICK TO SEE IT ENLARGED. Friday’s map, more info visit: https://richmond2015.app.box.com/s/ea3d62jispdraednnda5

On Friday, May 2, Downtown and Fan neighborhoods will be affected in the morning and afternoon, especially the areas of 8th Street and 9th Streets/Manchester Bridge, Broad Street, Main Street, 14th Street/Mayo Bridge, Interstate Exit ramps near the VCU Medical Campus area, the Altria Theatre, CenterStage, state offices, the VCU Academic Campus and the Downtown Expressway.

Street closures and towing will begin approximately 3 a.m. Friday and be in effect through 7 pm. The full course will be closed for the duration of the event with access only occurring at designated locations.

Friday’s street closures include:

  • E. Broad Street between College and Pine Street
  • Belvidere to 9th Street between Marshall and Grace Street
  • 10th and 11th Street between Marshall and the Capital
  • 1st Street between Franklin and Marshall
  • 2nd Street between Marshall and Cary Street
  • 3rd Street between Leigh and Cary Street
  • 4th Street between Broad and Cary Street
  • 5th Street between Marshall and Grace & Franklin and Cary Street
  • 6th Street between Marshall and Grace Street
  • 7th Street between Marshall and Grace Street & Franklin and Cary Street
  • 8th and 9th Street between Marshall and Grace Street
  • 10th and 12th Street between Bank and Cary Street
  • 13th Street between Cary and Main Street
  • Main Street between 1st and 14th Street
  • Bank Street between 12th and 14th Street
  • Grace Street between Governor and Old 14th Street
  • Cary Street between Pine and Madison Street
  • Cumberland/Canal between Pine and Jefferson Street
  • Franklin Street between Belvidere and Henry Street
  • Grace between Pine and Henry Street
  • Munford between Broad and Marshall
  • Spring and Holly St. between Pine and Belvidere
  • Pine Street between Cary and Main and Franklin and Grace Street
  • Laurel Street between Cary and Grace Street
  • Main Street between Laurel and Belvidere
  • Franklin Street between Stuart Circle and Belvidere
  • Pine, Shafer, Ryland, Stuart streets between Grace and Franklin Street
  • Allen Avenue between Grace and Park Avenue
  • Allison, Strawberry, Davis, Robinson, Mulberry streets between Grace and Park Avenue Monument Avenue between Boulevard and Stuart Circle
  • Birch between Franklin and West Avenue
  • Boyd between Franklin and West Ave
  • Belvidere between Marshall and Cowardin
  • Riverside between Cowardin and 20th Street
  • Stonewall between 20th and Cowardin and
  • 20th Street between Stonewall and Riverside.

Friday’s no parking areas include:

Zone 1

  • 3rd Street from E. Leigh to E. Broad Street (Both sides of the street at these locations)
  • 3rd Street (south) side from the middle of the block to Broad Street
  • E. Broad Street between College and Pine Street (Both sides of the street at these locations)
  • 1st Street (north and south) sides of the street starting at Broad to the middle of the block
  • Foushee Street (south) side from the alley up to Broad Street
  • Brook Road (east) side between Broad and Adams Street
  • Adams Street (south) side from Broad to the middle of the block
  • Jefferson Street (north / south) sides from Broad to the middle of the block
  • Madison Street (north / south) sides from Broad to the middle of the block
  • Monroe Street (north / south) sides from Broad to the middle of the block
  • Henry Street (north / south) sides from Broad to the middle of the block
  • Belvidere between E. Marshall and the Lee Bridge (Both sides of the street at these locations)

Contra- Flow (When a one way street becomes a 2-way street temporarily)

  • Grace Street between Daily Planet Parking Lot and Monroe Street

Zone 2

  • E. Franklin Street from Belvidere to Lombardy Street (Both sides of Franklin Street)
  • N .Pine Street (north) side from Franklin to the middle of the block
  • N Shafer Street (north) side from Franklin to the middle of the block
  • Boyd Street (south) side from Franklin to the middle of the block
  • Ryland Street starting from Franklin to the middle of the block
  • Birch Street starting from Franklin to the middle of the block
  • N. Lombardy St. (north/south) sides starting from Stuart Circle to the middle of the block
  • Monument Ave from Lombardy to the Boulevard (Both East and West bound sides)
  • Allen St. (north/south) sides starting from Monument Ave to the middle of the block
  • Allison St. (north/south) side starting from Monument Ave to the middle of the block
  • Strawberry St. (north/south) sides starting from Monument Ave to the middle of the block
  • Davis Ave (north/south) sides starting from Monument Ave to the middle of the block
  • Robinson St. (north/south) sides staring from Monument Ave to the middle of the block
  • Mulberry St. (north/south) sides starting from Monument Ave to the middle of the block
  • Laurel Street from Franklin to Main Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Bridges for the Race Route:
  • Harrison Street between Grace and West Ave
  • Meadow Street from Grace to Park Ave

Contra- Flow (When a one way street becomes a 2-way street temporarily)

  • N. Mulberry Street from the 1st Baptist Church Parking Lot to Park Ave. (Both sides of the street)
  • Pine Street from Main to Cumberland Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Pine Street from Idlewood Ave to Oregon Hill Way (Both sides of the street)

Zone 3

  • W. 19th Street (east / west) sides starting from Stonewall to the middle of the block.
  • Riverside from 20th Street to the Lee Bridge (Both sides of the street at these locations)
  • 20th Street (south) side starting from Stonewall to the middle of the block
  • 20th Street from Riverside to Stonewall (Both sides of the street at these locations)
  • Stonewall Ave (west) side from 20th Street to the middle of the block
  • Stonewall from 20th to Cowardin Ave (Both sides of the street at these locations)
  • Cowardin Ave from Stonewall to the Lee Bridge (Both sides of the street at these locations)
  • Cary St. (west) side from Belvidere to the middle of the street
  • Spring St. (west) side from Belvidere to the middle of the block
  • Holly St. (west) side from Belvidere to the middle of the block
  • Main Street from Laurel to Belvidere (Both side of the street)

Zone 4

  • 2nd from Broad to Main Street (Both sides of the street)
  • E. Grace St. (east/west) sides from 2nd St. to the middle of the block
  • E. Franklin St. (east/west) sides from 2nd St. to the middle of the block
  • E. Main St. (west) side from 2nd St. to the middle of the block
  • E. Main Street from 2nd to 14th Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 3rd St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • 4th St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • 5th St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • 6th St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • 7th St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • 10th St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • 12th St. (north/south) sides from E. Main St. to the middle of the block
  • Governor Street from Main to Broad Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Bank Street (west) side from Governor St. to the middle of the block

Bridges:

  • 4th Street from Franklin to Cary Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 6th Street from Franklin to Cary Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 7th Street from Franklin to Cary Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 8th Street from Franklin to Cary Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 9th Street from Franklin to Cary Street (Both sides of the street)

Contra- Flow (When a one way street becomes a 2-way street temporarily)

  • 5th Street between Grace and Broad Street
  • 5th Street between Marshall and Broad Street.

SATURDAY

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On Saturday, May 3, the Business District of Downtown will be most affected.

Street closures and towing will begin approximately 4 a.m. Saturday and be in effect through 7 pm.

The full course will be closed for the duration of the event with access only occurring at designated locations.

Saturday’s no parking areas include:

  • Broad Street between 8th Street and 1st Street
  • 2nd Street between Broad and Main Street
  • 3rd Street between E. Marshall and Main Street
  • 4th Street between Broad and Main Street
  • 5th Street between E. Marshall and Main Street
  • 6th Street between E. Marshall and Main Street
  • 7th Street between Broad and Main Street
  • E. Franklin Street between 1st and 8th Street
  • Grace Street between 1st and 8th Street.

Saturday’s street closures include:

  • East Marshall Street between N. 1st and 7th Street
  • East Broad Street between N 1st Street and 8th Street
  • East Grace Street between 1st and 8th Street
  • East Franklin Street between 1st and 8th Street
  • East Main Street between 1st and 8th Street
  • North 1st Street through 7th Street between E. Marshall and E. Main Street
  • 8th Street between E. Broad and E. Main Street.

SUNDAY

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On Sunday, May 4, the Fan, Downtown and Shockoe Bottom neighborhoods will be affected, especially the areas around the Federal Courthouse, Libby Terrace, Dock Street Apartments, Altria Theatre and the VCU Academic Campus.

Street closures and towing will begin at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday and be in effect through 7 p.m. The full course will be closed for the duration of the event with access only occurring at designated locations.

Sunday’s no parking areas include:

Zone 1

  • Broad Street from 14thStreet to N. 2nd Street
  • N. 2nd Street from Broad to Canal Street
  • Canal Street from 2nd Street to Belvidere
  • Belvidere Street from Franklin to Canal Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Byrd Street from Belvidere to 10th Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 10th Street from Byrd Street to Cary Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Cary Street from 10th Street to 15th Street (Both sides of the street)

Bridges:

  • E. Grace at 2nd Street   (E. Grace between 1st and 3rd Street)
  • 2nd Street and E. Cary Street (E. Cary Street between 1st and 3rd Street)
  • 9th Street between the bridge and Canal St (No Parking at this location)
  • 12th Street between Canal and Main St

Contra- Flow (When a one way street becomes a 2-way street temporarily)

  • E. Canal Street between 9th and 10th Street

Zone 2

  • E. Franklin Street from Belvidere to Lombardy Street (Both sides of Franklin Street)
  • Monument Ave from Lombardy to the N. Robinson St (Both East and West bound sides)
  • Lombardy from Monument to Main Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Main Street from Lombardy to Belvidere (Both sides of the street)

Bridges:

  • N. Harrison and Franklin Street (N. Harrison St between Park and Grace Street)
  • Meadow and Monument between Park and Grace Street
  • Harrison and Main Street between Cary and Floyd Street
  • Belvidere and Cary St. between Pine and Madison Street
  • Lombardy St between Vine and Plum Street

Contra- Flow (When a one way street becomes a 2-way street temporarily)

  • Pine Street between Main and Cumberland Street

Zone 3

  • 15th Street from Cary St to Dock Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Dock Street from 15th to Water Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Water Street from Dock St. to Nicholson Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Main Street from Nicholson St. to Poe’s Pub location (Both sides of the street)
  • Franklin Street from N. 18th St. to N. 29th Street (Both sides of the street)
  • 18th Street from Franklin to Main Street (Both sides of the street)
  • E. Main Street from 18th Street to Governor Street (Both sides of the street)
  • Governor Street from E. Main St. to E. Broad Street (Both sides of the street)

Bridges:

  • 14th Street between the bridge and Bank Street (No Parking at this location)

Contra- Flow (When a one way street becomes a 2-way street temporarily)

  • E. Cary Street between 15th and 19th Street
  • E. Cary Street 25th and 26th Street
  • 19th Street between E. Grace and E. Main Street

Sunday’s street closures include:

  • Monument Avenue between N. Robinson and Stuart Circle
  • N. Davis, Strawberry, N. Allison, Meadow, N. Allen, N. Lombardy between Grace and Park Ave
  • Franklin Street between Stuart Circle & Henry Street
  • Birch St. between West Ave & Franklin Street
  • West Ave between Birch & Harrison Street
  • Ryland St. between Monument & Grace St.
  • N. Lombardy between Grace & W. Cary Street
  • Stuart, Hanover, Grove and Floyd Avenues between Vine & Plum Street
  • W. Main Street between Vine & Monroe
  • N. Plum, Harvie, Randolph, Brunswick, Morris, Harrison, Linden, Cherry and Laurel Streets between Floyd and Cary Street
  • Pine Street between Pine and Cary Street
  • Cary Street between Pine and Madison
  • Canal Street between Belvidere and 3rd Street
  • Jefferson, Adams , Foushee and 1st Street between Canal and Cary Street
  • Idlewood between Pine and Belvidere
  • Cumberland between Pine and Belvidere
  • Belvidere between Spring and Grace Street
  • Byrd Street between Belvidere and 11th Street
  • 2nd Street between Spring and Marshall Street
  • Cary Street, Main, Franklin, Grace and Broad Street between 1st and 3rd Street
  • 3rd and 4th street between Arch and Canal Street
  • 5th Street between Tredegar and Canal Street
  • Bragg Street between 5th and 7th Street
  • 6th Street between Byrd and Bragg Street
  • 7th Street between Canal and Bragg Street
  • 9th Street between Canal and 9thStreet Bridge
  • 10th Street between Tredegar and E. Main Street
  • E. Cary Street between 9th and 17th Street
  • 15th Street between Dock and E. Main Street
  • 17th thru 29th Street between Dock and E Grace Street
  • Dock Street between 15th and Pear Street
  • Water Street between Pear and Nicholson Street
  • E. Grace Street between 17th and N. 29th Street
  • 18th Street between E. Grace and E. Cary Street
  • E. Main Street between N 12th and 19th Street
  • Governor St. between E. Main and Broad St.
  • Bank Street between 9th and 14th Street
  • E. Broad Street between 1st and 14th Street
  • 1st through 14th Street between E Grace and E Marshall St.

For more information and details, please visit www.Richmond2015.com

31 comments

    • Adrien

      This is a collegiate race – young men AND women. Richmonder should be honored to host this national-level event. If this was some kinds of sportsball nobody would be complaining.

  • Glen Allen

    Would like to watch some of it, but in no way feel like dealing with all of the road closures, plus hunt for parking places, does anyone know if it will be televised?

  • disenchanted

    this is the ONLY thing I hate about living in the city….I think bike races and marathons should be held in areas with less traffic. I had to wait 30 minutes to turn down my street last weekend due to the marathon running in front of my house. Makes me want to flee the area for the next three days.

  • Amy

    I find the horrible, negative comments from “grown adults” pathetic. To have the honor to host the best of the best collegiate athletes shouldn’t provoke such negative and hateful language. We like to complain about how young people are entitled brats but look around at how “mature” adults respond to an inconvenience? To whine like a child and bad mouth a sport that you obviously don’t care for, is akin to an age-inappropriate temper tantrum. Like children are taught about life, it isn’t all about you. The city doesn’t revolve around you and your schedule. For ONE weekend out of 52 weeks a year, I think we can all pull our big, adult panties up and deal with it. Show some maturity and have a little grace. All these athletes are doing something they have waited months and years for. They have suffered through hours of work, dedication and sacrifice to get here. They have parents and family coming to this and event with the highest hopes and the proudest hearts for their family members. Show some tact Richmond and be gracious for one weekend, please.

    • athynz

      If it was just the weekend most would be okay with it but considering the closings are starting 3am Friday morning puts a bit of a crimp into the daily routines of anyone who works downtown, goes to school downtown – as one other poster said VCU had to reschedule their exams last minute and make them earlier, and really it is a huge inconvenience to those who live in the areas the race course goes through.

      • Amy

        Actually, the students exams were not re-scheduled last minute, they had a month’s notice so sorry, not last minute. Yes, it does put a crimp on schedules, I am not denying that. I have a job site to get to this morning and will require walking a fair amount now to get to it. I am also attending a wedding in the area on Saturday. We have a rehearsal dinner tonight in the closed area, wedding on Saturday so this has totally thrown a wrench in the process. But I am not bitching, complaining and whining like a child. That’s my point. The attitude of most posters is ridiculous and childish. Or worse, they will be horrible heckler at the race screaming obscenities or flipping the bird to racers because they were SO inconvenienced. I expect children to act like entitled brats, that I get. But grown adults I expect to have a better reaction. Instead of looking at this from a “how does this inconvenience me” way, to have a little better perspective. Please, as grown people can we just not act like kids who can’t deal with something difficult?

    • athynz

      A month’s notice for exams to be rescheduled is pretty last minute – sorry if you cannot see that. Is there some other route or some other area where they could run this race and not inconvenience downtown Richmond on a workday? Sure there are some who can work from home and that’s great but there are many who cannot do so.

    • Ellen

      Thank you Amy. It is such a privilege to host this National event and I’d like Richmonders remember that anytime an event fills the hotels the city and a great many small businesses make money.
      Should I complain that I live on Laburnum Ave (in the city) and I’m inconvenienced by the Nascar traffic? Should I expect that they would move the racetrack out of town? Anytime an atypical crowd comes to town there will be inconveniences. Such is life. Let’s be flexible and gracious.
      And so folks won’t be caught off-guard – in September, 2015, the United States will host the WORLD Road Cycling Championships for 9 days. In Richmond. Plan ahead. Let’s show the world what great hosts we can be.

      • Brian Matchick

        If you knowingly move next to a racetrack then you don’t have the right to complain. If the city turns your neighborhood into a racetrack by closing dozens of streets for days on end then I think one has every right to complain. As has been mentioned, next year this will go on for 10 days. 10 days of delay, congestion, detours, and a huge headache trying to get to local stores. Not to mention 10 days of dealing with all those a-hole traffic cops who are sick and tired of people asking why everyone is being put through this. (Believe me, I talked with more than one today.) You may think this is an honor, but some of us who could care less about college sports feel like we’re being given the finger. I’m sure it comes down to money, like everything else.

        I know Richmond wants to feel like a big, important city and needs to cater to the universities since they’re most of what this place has going for it. But angering so many downtown residents doesn’t sound like a great part of the strategy. To close a street or two on a Sunday is one thing- this is something else and even though there is nothing I can do, I have no intention of being gracious and will likely be gone by this time next year (not only because of this). The population here is already down to 210,000. Maybe if the city tries really, really hard they can turn things around and one day catch up with the population of Toledo.

    • Brian Matchick

      Amy, you may not like the negative comments from “grown adults,” but unlike you I don’t care one whit about college sports. I live in the middle of this mess, and a cop told me that next year it will go on for 10 days. 10 days- who thinks that is reasonable? I pay taxes to have an infrastructure in place, and I don’t appreciate having it closed down for special events, even if they were things I cared about. I also doubt the many, many businesses on these streets enjoy having access to their stores severely restricted. It may be an honor for you, but for me it’s just another reason to leave downtown. I lived in Chicago for 17 years and never had headaches like this. Surely there are better areas of the city to hold these things- why must it be done in the middle of an already congested, poorly organized jumble?

  • SicSemper

    I think this needs a little more ‘x-factor’ and inclusion of the entire population of the city and close surrounding regions. Why not have it at 2 A.M., start in the Fan, cross the river and follow Jeff Davis Highway, turning back to the city through the surrounding neighborhoods, cross the river and through the East end/Eastern Henrico area, back through Gilpen and up and back down Chamberlayne to finish back up in the Fan?

  • R

    I don’t mind that they’re holding a cyclist race. Good for them and the competitors. However, VCU has rescheduled their exams literally last minute by proctoring them on an earlier date than originally projected which was a terrible and unfair inconvenience for most students it affected. For the entire commuting student body combined who need to take exams, all the main roads around the campus and parking decks are inaccessible. So excuse us for being a little pissed that a cyclist race has been put before the needs of the students, and residents, of the community.

  • boop

    They gave students a good month’s notice that exams would be rescheduled. It wasn’t any kind of last minute. The city has done an amazing job getting notice to everyone about what will be affected in a timely and easy-to-understand manner. It’s one day. God forbid people change their routines for one day. Go outside and watch the bike race, enjoy your day off and your early end to the semester.

    • athynz

      My guess is you don’t work or live downtown. Let’s hold this in your neighborhood next year and see if you change your tune then.

  • Becky

    If it is wholly owned, operated, managed, run and governed by
    Party rich, elite, Donors, that manage Richmond Government,
    it IS Perfectly PC to screw resident/tax payers. It’s Positively Richmond’s Mode and LovingRVA loves the ease of it all.
    Their Special Interests, their way, without public say.
    How Dare anyone object; Just shut up, deal with it, and PAY for it.

  • Katie

    It’s a shame because there are some really fun events this weekend that I will not want to go to because of the traffic from this disaster! It’s pretty clear that the citizens of Richmond are being inconvenienced, rather than being entertained.

  • Daniel Beasley

    The Mayor, and the Director of Public Safety, should be fired for this one. The whole weekend. BS.

  • Samuel Lyon

    Never seen so many crying babies in all my life, WAAA WAAA WAAA get over it. WAAA my life my life my life. That’s the problem with the world, everyone only think’s about themselves. This is a huge honor for our city to have such an event going on, and all you people here are just crying because awwwwwwwww I have to spend a little extra time to plan around it.

    • PUPC

      Oh, Pu-leese. Nothing but WAAA WAAA from the Special Interests
      to get their will, their way, what they want, when they want it, and
      they want it All Free; without any lip, or they will throw a temper tantrum.

      • PUPC

        Did you see the Consortiums’ Mayor whining over their
        Bottom Ball Park? Watch for the WAAA WAAA Blitzkreig
        Campaign to come.

  • Bif

    Biking is stupid. I did triathlons for 10 years…..waste of time. I should have spent that time lifting weights and making sweet luv to the ladies. Now I lift weights and make sweet luv to the ladies.

  • Joe

    I feel particularly bad for the businesses in Downtown Richmond. This has had a tremendously negative effect on them. Many of them lost a great deal of revenue over the last few days since it was so difficult to get to their business. A lot of them looked like ghost towns…

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