Option 1 or Option 2 or…

So one thing that happened at the last Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting (2/28) was a presentation on possibilities for new stop signs at intersections for neighborhood traffic.

This sort of thing has been requested multiple times before in regard to speeding and dangerous collisions, but for different reasons has never been acted on.

At the meeting, a City traffic engineer presented two options for stops. The proposed options are for a flipping of the stop signs at the circled intersections to give the east-west streets right of way and have the north-south streets stop. This way, no one direction always has right of way, and would need to stop at roughly every other intersection. This traffic pattern is called basket weaving, and has been used successfully in Maymont. These options are in no way set in stone, and are up for discussion and suggested alternatives. ‘Option 1’ suggests new stop signs at the intersections of Albemarle and S. Laurel, Spring and S. Pine, China and S. Laurel, and Holly and S. Pine. ‘Option 2’ suggests new stop signs at Albemarle and S. Cherry, Albemarle and S. Pine, Spring and S. Laurel, China and S. Pine, and Holly and S. Laurel.

Neighbors are asked to let the neighborhood association know which option they think is best as well as any other input. The plan is to discuss this more at the next OHNA meeting and then get back to the City traffic engineer and Councilperson Agelasto’s office with some thoughts and decisions.

Precautionary Closing Of Lee Bridge

Heard the sirens this morning, but did not see anything mentioned in the news until later…

From Times Dispatch:

The Lee Bridge is closed to traffic this morning as fire and rail officials investigate if a train in close proximity to the bridge is leaking fuel.

Lt. Chris Armstrong with the Richmond Fire Department said train officials are on the scene. Authorities are investigating whether a car carrying petroleum is leaking or simply venting, which is a normal procedure when there is excess product inside, Armstrong said.

Related, older post: http://www.oregonhill.net/2014/07/11/train-derailment-explosion-risk/

Update: I am hearing the bridge is open again.

Update 2: “Loose valve on rail car carrying propane caused Lee Bridge shutdown

Street Closures For Richmond Marathon Saturday

The Times Dispatch has posted a quick guide to street closures for Saturday’s Anthem Richmond Marathon, American Family Fitness Half Marathon & VCU Health 8k.

Some highlights:

The intersection of 5th & Tredegar Street will be closed starting at 10 a.m. on Friday for Finish Line set up and construction.
– 5th Street will be closed from Broad Street to Tredegar Street from 4 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th and 11th streets will be closed to traffic from 4-10 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street.
– Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th Street and N. Boulevard will be closed from 6-9 a.m. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10th Street, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th Street back to Broad Street.
– Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 6th Street will be closed from 4 a.m.-3 p.m.

– Semmes Avenue westbound from Cowardin Avenue to Roanoke Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-Noon.
– Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
– West Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Westbound traffic Main Street will be detoured North on Belvidere, east on Franklin, and south on 1st Street to the Westbound Downtown Expressway.
– Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7am to 3pm. The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street.

– There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k routes, including closures on: Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauqier Avenue, Brook Road.
*Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when entering these roadways or making turns across the runners’ paths along these roadways.

Course maps are available on the Richmond Marathon website.

“VCU Broad Street Mile” This Saturday

From the website:

The VCU Broad Street Mile combines a street festival with a 5K Run and series of one-mile fun runs on the city’s major thoroughfare, Broad Street. In addition to providing a fun, festive event, the VCU Broad Street Mile provides a turnkey fundraising opportunity for local community organizations. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better with a 5K route through the VCU Campus and performances from local community organizations in the festival area.

The FREE festival will feature live music, food trucks, local vendors, kids activities and more. People are encouraged to come enjoy the festival even if you are not participating in one of the run/walks.

DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road
FESTIVAL: FREE & open to the public
RUN/WALK: 5K & One-Mile Fun Runs (Choose between the No Limits Mile, Kids Mile, Doggy Dash and Spirit of Giving Mile)


Accident at Pine and Spring

The Labor Day quiet was disturbed this afternoon by an accident at S. Pine and Spring. Thankfully, no one was hurt.


Just received this timely reminder from the Richmond Police Department:

Drive Safely, Back to School Begins Tomorrow

September 5, 2016

Motorists are urged to use extra caution on the roads as students head back to class on Tuesday for the start of a new school year.

School buses will roll through city streets, picking up students from bus stops and ferrying them to schools across the city. Children will also be walking to school along city sidewalks.

“School safety is always a priority,” said Chief Alfred Durham. “As school begins, we will have officers driving by schools and bus stops as well as visiting school buildings to make their presence know, interact with the youth and help facilitate a safe learning environment for the students.”

Police ask motorists to drive safely at all times, especially in school zones, and to be aware of students at bus stops. Drivers are reminded that passing a stopped school bus with its lights flashing is a traffic violation that could result in a significant fine.

Here Come The Students…

From the Times Dispatch article:

Watch out for travel restrictions and street closures this weekend and also next week during Welcome Week activities.

Among closures, Laurel Street will be shut down between Franklin and Grace streets from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

On Tuesday, the Ram Spirit Walk will begin at 5 p.m. as the freshman class, accompanied by The Peppas, will march from convocation at the Siegel Center across Broad Street and down Harrison Street, Park Avenue and Linden Court to a block party on Floyd Avenue.

VCU expects a first-year class of 4,200 students, up from about 4,050 last August. Total enrollment is estimated at 31,500 students.

Franklin Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between Harrison and Belvidere streets; traffic arriving for move-in will be reduced to one travel lane between Harrison and Belvidere streets.

Grace Street: Travel lanes will remain open, however, drivers may experience some congestion between Ryland and Belvidere streets.

Harrison Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between Broad and Marshall streets.

Cherry Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between Floyd Avenue and Cary Street.

Floyd Avenue: The street will be closed to through traffic between Cherry and Harrison streets.

Linden Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between Park and Floyd avenues.

Madison Street: The street will be closed to through traffic between Main and Cary streets.

Cary Street: Travel lanes will remain open, but drivers may experience some congestion between Cherry and Jefferson streets.

Marshall Street: Travel lanes will remain open, but drivers may experience some congestion between Bowe and Hancock streets.

Laurel Street: The street will be closed between West Grace and West Cary streets. Parishioners of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be allowed to park in designated spots on Cathedral Street and in the West Main Street Parking Deck

Pine Street: The street continues to be closed between West Cary and West Main streets for construction through 2018.

Nearby Protest March Saturday

There is a planned protest in Richmond by Service Employees International Union on Saturday, August 13 (click for Washington Post article).

From Richmond police:

The following locations will be closed for the event planned Saturday between the hours of 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
W. Franklin Street between Belvidere and N. Lombardy St.
Monument Ave between N. Lombardy and S. Meadow Street.
All side streets at these location wil also be closed.
No Parking will be enforced on Franklin St and Monument Ave. N. Allen Ave will also be enforced as well as the 1600-1800 Blk of W.Broad St & 1000 Blk. W. Grace St. Between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please pay close attention to the No Parking Signs during this day. We are trying to prevent vehicles/personal property from possibly be damaged.