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Citywide Traffic Signal Retiming Project is Underway

RICHMOND, Va – The Department of Public Works (DPW) operates and maintains 480 traffic signalized intersections. DPW periodically evaluates traffic signal timing to stay up-to-date with changes in technology. Retiming for 115 signalized intersections south of the James River and 285 signalized intersections located north of the river started March10 and is scheduled for completion next spring.

The project will:

  • Improve safety and operations through updated traffic signal timings
  • Support people who walk, roll, bike, drive, and ride transit by minimizing stops and starts
  • Improve air quality by reducing fuel usage and emissions
  • Improve traffic flow along corridors

Each corridor takes several weeks to fine tune before a traffic pattern is finalized. All transportation users are encouraged to slow down, pay attention and stay alert as they become accustomed to the new traffic patterns. 

The department is working in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Richmond Regional Planning Organization (RRTPO) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Funding for this $1.765 million project was provided by the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program.

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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.