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Capital Projects (CIP) & Transportation Projects

The division's mission is to deliver environmentally sound transportation projects for the Richmond region that are on-time and on-budget, so that people, goods and services can move safely, seamlessly, and efficiently throughout the City of Richmond.

Completed Projects FY18 - FY20

Upcoming and Active CIP Projects

If you know of any areas where capital improvements are needed, perhaps a new sidewalk or curb, just let us know. We will review your request and let you know how much it will cost to fix it. We also will give you information about how and when it may be funded.

An example of a completed CIP Project - photos of the East River Front Project 

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The city's infrastructure hinges on the work done by the Capital Project Division. They are responsible for new infrastructure projects, ranging from surveying and engineering design to overseeing actual physical construction. The projects cover a wide spectrum ranging from new small sidewalk projects, major sidewalk repair and curb/gutter installations to major projects such as new road construction, roadway widening and rehabilitating bridges.

The Capital Projects staff also manages state and federally funded projects within the city, such as the Belvidere and Broad Intersection Improvement Project. We also are responsible for major restoration projects resulting from damage caused by natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods

The city of Richmond is responsible for 832 center lane miles of street, 836 miles of sidewalk, as well as 83 bridges.

Some of the many responsibilities managed by the CIP Division are:

  • New Road Construction - To identify and construct new roads based on need
  • Road Rehabilitation/ Modification - To identify needs and construct modifications such as realignments and widening to increase accessibility and mobility
  • Bridge rehabilitation/new bridges - Rehabilitate deteriorating bridge infrastructure and construct new bridges
  • Streetscape Improvements - Providing landscaping, brick sidewalk, crosswalk, streetlights and other street appurtenances
  • Pedestrian / Bicycle Accessibility - To identify and correct deficiencies in the transportation network, including gaps in the infrastructure
  • Traffic Calming - To construct structures to slow down traffic as needed and to increase transportation safety and promote neighborhood vitality
  • Work Zone Safety - To identify, correct, and monitor improper work zones
  • ADA Program - To identify and fulfill needs for handicap accessibility within the ROW
  • Sidewalk Improvement Program - To identify and fulfill requests for sidewalk repairs within the ROW that are beyond the capabilities of roadway maintenance
  • Neighborhood in Bloom (NIB) Program - Infrastructure improvements such as curb & gutter, sidewalk, pavement, and streetlight to compliment federal neighborhood rehabilitation funds in the six defined NIB areas.
  • New Sidewalk Program - Installation of new sidewalks, prioritized based on the technical criteria.
  • Urban New Curb & Gutter Program - Installation of new curb & gutter prioritized based on the technical criteria.
  • Plan Review - (master plan, site plan, and design plan) To review and correct all proposed transportation plans prior to submittal and construction
  • Estimating Services - Provide cost estimates for proposed Capital Improvement Projects originating from the administration, council, and the Citizens Request System.
  • Grant Writing - To seek additional project funding from the state and federal government, as well as recommend expenditure of city funds. Annually, the program provides the City of Richmond with transportation improvement projects funded through the following sources:
    • Transportation Alternative Federal Funds
    • RSTP - Regional Surface Transportation Program
    • CMAQ - Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
    • Hazard Elimination Program (Safety)
    • Enhancement Grants
    • Governor's Opportunity Fund
    • FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants
    • VDOT Revenue Sharing
    • City of Richmond Capital Improvement Program
    • Private Funds
    • Capital Improvements Projects
    • Highway Safety Improvement Program
    • Smart Scale

Major highway Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) are based on need studies that analyze technical criteria, including traffic volumes, projected growth and accident history. Some projects are developed by staff based on the mayor's goals or are a a result of City Council recommendations. While numerous other projects are based on information obtained from the RVA311 Service Request System.

CIP are primarily funded through various highway construction grants that contain federal dollars with a state match. Smaller projects utilize city funds which are backed by government obligation bonds. However, at the end of the day all funds come from taxpayers like you.


Funding Sources

Gillies Creek Trail - Phases II and III

Virtual Meeting Information Available November 5 - 19, 2020

The City of Richmond is currently designing a shared-use trail along Gillies Creek. The trail is intended to be located from Williamsburg Avenue to Jennie Scher Road. It is part of a larger trail network that is envisioned to connect the Virginia Capital Trail to a north side mixed-income redevelopment at Armstrong High School. The design will include safe pedestrian crossings at existing roadway intersections.

We need your input. Please review the presentation and give us your feedback. The presentation and survey will be available from November 5 – 19, 2020.

If you need additional information, please contact the project manager, Adel Edward at

NOTE: The survey period closed on Thursday, November 19. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your help. 


Image - GIllies Creek Trail Project


Forest Hill Avenue Improvement Project

Forest Hill Project


The city is currently developing construction plans for the Forest Hill Avenue Improvements project from the Powhite Parkway to Hathaway Road. The goal for the project is to provide multimodal improvements through the corridor to improve safety and enhance livability along Forest Hill Avenue.


    Forest Hill Avenue is an urban minor arterial road serving regional traffic and the surrounding neighborhoods and the surrounding businesses. It connects two major limited access highways, the Powhite Parkway and Chippenham Parkway and includes a significant business corridor. The busy roadway carries and average daily traffic volume in excess of 33,000 vehicles (2009) and design year traffic of 44,400 vpd (2030). Traffic projections severely impact safety and accessibility if no improvements are made. With the recommended enhancements, the new roadway will provide a safe, multi-modal corridor for all users and improve livability.

      Project Manager

      Alvin Hicks
      Construction Inspector Supervisor
      Department of Public Works
      P | 804.646.5654
      E |

      Project Schedule

      • Preliminary Studies/Design - Began February 2009
      • Preliminary (30%) Roadway Plans - Ongoing
      • Public Information Meeting #1 - December, 17, 2009
      • Public Information Meeting #2 – November 10, 2010
      • Public Information Meeting #3 – March 17, 2011
      • Public Review of Project Documents - July 13, 2011
      • City Planning Commission Conceptual Approval - July 18, 2011
      • Stakeholder Meeting - September 21, 2011
      • Stakeholder Meeting - October 26, 2011
      • Mark Edge of Improvements, Right of Way, and Impacted Trees - Complete January 31, 2012
      • Public Hearing – March 13, 2013 (Rescheduled from March 6, 2013 due to weather forecast)
      • UDC Final - May 09, 2013
      • CPC Final - May 20, 2013
      • Right of Way Acquisition - November 2016
      • Construction Advertisement - February 16, 2018
      • Begin construction - August 2018
      • Underground Utility Work - July - August 2019
      • Roadway Work to commence - September 2019
      • Complete construction (current contract duration) - March 31, 2021


      The project will consider the following:

      • Improving the road from four lanes to five lanes by installing a raised landscaped median for left turn lanes
      • New curb
      • Four foot Sidewalks
      • Four foot planting strip
      • Five foot Bike lanes without gutter pan
      • Storm sewer system for improved drainage
      • Traffic signal improvements
      • GRTC bus stop enhancements
      • Landscape enhancements and street lighting improvements


      • Federal funds will pay for the total project estimated to cost $12 million.
      • The current design phase is estimated to cost about $2 million.
      • Utility relocation and right of way is estimated at $1.5 million.
      • Construction will cost approximately $8.5 million.

      Forest Hill Avenue Progress Plans

      Forest Hill Avenue Landscape Progress Plans

      Forest Hill Avenue Public Hearing Plans (60%)

      Forest Hill Avenue Landscape Plans (60%)

      Forest Hill Avenue Environmental Document

      Design Conceptually Approved by City Planning Commission
              (July 18, 2011)

      Jahnke Road Improvement Project Overview

      The Jahnke Road Improvement Project is designed to improve traffic safety, improve traffic flow and enhance overall livability for the residents and users of the Jahnke Road Corridor. Jahnke Road not only carries automobile traffic, but also pedestrians, cyclists, GRTC bus riders and children who attend the three public schools located along the project corridor.

      Important project elements within the design will include a shared use path, sidewalks, and landscaping. The existing roadway drainage will be upgraded from an open system with roadside ditches to a closed system with storm sewer pipe and curb and gutter which will eliminate areas slow to drain during prolonged periods of heavy rainfall.

      Current funding is available for engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction.

      Project Status

      Construction plans are complete and the project was advertised for construction on June 29, 2018. The acquisition of right-of-way and easements for roadway construction, drainage improvements and utility relocations has concluded by the City Consultant, Stantec, for a total of 84 parcels.

        Project Manager

        Mr. Winston Phillips
        Department of Public Works
        City Hall, Suite 603
        900 East Broad Street
        Richmond, Virginia 23219
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        Jahnke Road Design Elements

        • Raised 16-ft landscaped median separating two travel lanes (one lane in each direction)
        • New curb and gutter
        • New storm sewer system
        • Left turn lanes are provided at Newell Road, Spruance Road, Forestview School Drive (entrance to Elizabeth Redd Elementary School), Irby Drive and Leicester Road
        • 5-ft sidewalk with a 6-ft green space for landscaping on the south side of Jahnke Road
        • 8-ft shared use path with a 8-ft green space for landscaping on the north side of Jahnke Road
        • ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant for pedestrian traffic and bus commuters
        • New Signal at Forestview School Drive (entrance to Elizabeth Redd Elementary School)
        • Safety improvements at CSX rail crossing

        Estimated Costs

        • Preliminary Engineering Costs: $2,000,000
        • Utility and Right of Way Costs: $1,500,000
        • Roadway Construction Costs: $10,500,000
        • Total Estimated Costs: $14,000,000
        • The project is funded with Federal, State, and City funds.

        Project Plans


        • Advertise for Construction - November 2020
        • Complete Construction - September 2023

        Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

        • Life to date: $4,149,629

        Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)

        • Active-Utility relocations and adjustments are ongoing


        Anticipated Project Construction Schedule

        • Right of Way Acquisition complete (84 parcels)

        • Utility Coordination/Relocation underway completion January 2020

        • Advertisement for Construction – November 2020

        • Complete Construction September 2023

        Previous Project Milestones

        • The City of Richmond awarded the Project to CH2M HILL, the design consultant December, 2008
        • Preliminary Planning and Design-began in early 2009
        • First Public Information Meeting - July, 2009
        • Second Public Information Meeting - October 2009
        • City Planning Commission Conceptual approval obtained February 2010
        • UDC Final approval – October 2010
        • Public Hearing - December 2010
        • Began Right of Way Acquisition – Spring 2013

        Jefferson Avenue Project Overview

        This project builds on the EPA project, the Greening of Jefferson Avenue, from December 2015. The City of Richmond has allocated $500,000 in FY2019 from the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) to the Department of Public Works for Phase 1, which includes survey, conceptual design of the entire corridor, public meetings, and Phase 1 landscape/streetscape, multimodal transportation, and integrated stormwater designs. Phase 1 of the Jefferson Avenue Corridor Improvement Project extends from the "M" Street intersection to the 24th street intersection (see illustration above). Subsequent phases of the project will extend the conceptual design further along Jefferson Avenue towards East Marshall Street.

        This project will improve the Jefferson Avenue Corridor to promote economic activity through the inclusion of pedestrian safety, bicycle accommodations, additional greenspace, improved transit access, and stormwater runoff reduction. Ultimately, this “complete streets” approach to the project seeks to create a more livable Jefferson Avenue and further establish the Corridor as the gateway to Union Hill and Church Hill.

        Project Manager

        Ms. Yongping Wang, Engineer II 
        City of Richmond 
        Department of Public Works 
        City Hall, Suite 603 
        900 East Broad Street 
        Richmond, Virginia 23219 
        P | 804.646.2467 
        E | 

        Design Goals

        The goal of this project is to reinvent Jefferson Avenue as a street that meets the needs of the citizens of Church Hill and Union Hill, as well as all users of the corridor. To that end, Timmons Group has advanced three (3) conceptual designs, each focusing primarily on either (1) traffic calming, (2) bicycle accommodations, and (3) increased greenspace. Each of the concepts have benefits and drawbacks that impact the Jefferson Avenue corridor in various ways; at this time, there is no pre- ferred alternative. The goal is to provide the public with an opportunity to offer input on the needs of the corridor and identify which individual aspects of these conceptual designs are desired. As you offer your comments and preferences, please consider how you see/use Jefferson Avenue today and what you would like to see on the corridor in the future.

        We need feedback on the themes to establish a more specific master plan for the comprehensive corridor improvements between "M" Street and East Marshall Street, such that future funding can be allocated to fulfill the vision as additional monies become available. A paper survey was distributed at the first public meeting held on October 23, 2018 at the East End District Center located at 701 North 25th Street. The comments and input received at the community meeting along with information received through the project’s online survey will be studied and incorporated into the final design improvements.

        The online survey closed on November 5, 2018.

        A second public meeting will be held to present the schematic design plans and detail how the input was incorporated into the design plans.