RICHMOND, Va. -- Portions of Broad Street will close as crews work on GRTCs new rapid transit system.
Starting at 7 a.m. every morning, and working until 5 p.m., crews will close the south side lane and part of the sidewalk on Broad Street every Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.
The work will run through October 16.
Crews started on on the eastbound side at Thompson Street on Tuesday and will work their way to Laurel Street at a pace of about a block each day, according to GRTC.
ESTIMATED TIMING/LOCATIONS (for August work):
• Week of August 15: South side of Broad Street, from Thompson to Cleveland Street
• Week of August 22: South side of Broad Street, from Cleveland Street to North Boulevard.
• Week of August 29: South side of Broad Street, from North Boulevard to North Davis Street.
The city says the work will impact parking in parts of Richmond where crews are working, but businesses on Broad Street should not be affected.
Pedestrian pathway detours and street lane closure signs will be posted accordingly.
The program is laying the foundations for GRTC Pulse, which will serve Broad and Main Streets from Rockets landing in Richmond to Willow Lawn in Henrico.
Work on Broad Street is expected to last about two months, and the city says they hope to have GRTC Pulse operational by October 2017.
A construction hotline is active at 804-980-0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts.
Real-time updates will be posted on the GRTC Twitter account: https://twitter.com/GrtcPulse
Find out more about the GRTC Pulse project here.