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City launches utility box beautification program

For Immediate Release

February 29, 2024

Petula Burks

Office: 804-646-6311

Cell:     804-389-7157


~Transforming utility boxes into canvases to beautify the city and showcase original art~

RICHMOND, Va. As part of a pilot program to wrap 10 utility boxes along the Broad Street corridor, the city unveiled the first utility box artwork installation this morning at the corner of 9th and Broad streets. The first design replicates a postcard highlighting points of interest in the vicinity.

This program represents a creative use of public space in the downtown central business district and along the Broad Street Corridor. The program will highlight historically significant people, structures, and culture with creative depictions by transforming utility boxes, also known as a traffic signal cabinet, into vibrant works of art.

Additional installations have been designed and will soon grace other utility boxes along Broad Street.  In this initial phase, artwork will be designed by graphic artists employed with the City of Richmond. Designs will feature themes germane to the area of the utility box.

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The City of Richmond Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of only 195 currently accredited public works agencies in the United States. DPW’s portfolio comprises a wide array of services to include leaf collection; street, sidewalk and alley maintenance; trash collection; recycling; grass cutting; graffiti removal; parking enforcement; urban forestry; street signs; traffic signals and pavement markings and civil engineering. In addition, DPW maintains upkeep on most city buildings; issues permits for working in the city’s right-of-way; manages the RVA Bike Share program and maintains the fleet of city vehicles. DPW’s operating budget comes from the general fund of the City of Richmond.  For more information about DPW services, click here or call 3-1-1