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Crews to begin removing orange barrels, test new buses along GRTC Pulse corridor

As the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit project wraps up, crews are removing those infamous orange barrels along Broad Street starting today and will begin testing the new fleet of buses beginning Monday.

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At long last, those infamous orange barrels along Broad Street between Thompson Street and Rocketts Landing that have been in place for the duration of the GRTC Pulse Bus Rapid Transit project are coming up.

Work is wrapping up on the project, which will provide bus rapid transit service between Willow Lawn and Rocketts Landing. Beginning today, Thursday April 19th, crews will remove barrels beginning at Thompson St., progressing east, and will conclude removal along the entire route by Sunday, April 22nd.

Despite the barrels being removed from the roadway and stations, project contractor Lane Construction will continue with some remaining work at the stations, such as landscaping, lights, totem signage, station glass, station ceilings, and more.

Some roadway work is expected to continue, including forming pedestrian curb ramps, as well as sidewalk repairs. GRTC asks drivers to watch for any workers who may be in the roadway, along sidewalks, and at stations.

The removal of barrels permits GRTC to conduct its remaining Operational Exercises beginning Monday, April 23rd. These exercises will include Pulse bus runs in dedicated Bus Only lanes, docking at station platforms, and movements through new traffic signals. Operational Exercises are expected to occur through May.

More information and safety precautions from GRTC:

During this increased period of GRTC Operational Exercises, drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are encouraged to pay close attention to traffic signage, lane markings and signalization. Please note there may be new travel patterns in place. For everyone’s safety, please do not drive, bike, walk, or skateboard in Bus Only lanes. Bicyclists and drivers are permitted to make right-turns from the Downtown Bus Only lanes. Please yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians, please do not walk down the median; use sidewalks and marked crosswalks. Remain alert for Pulse buses and bus movements that may be different from neighboring lanes.

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Pipeline Update Work Continues

The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.

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From RVAH20:

Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.

Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.

Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.

Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.

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Carmela’s Turning Off Pizza Ovens for Good

Carmela has been serving up pizza in Shockoe Bottom for the past three years.

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Posted to Facebook yesterday:

To our dearest customers, after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you all for your support and love for Carmela’s pizza over the past 3 years!
We like to thank our whole Carmela’s team, past and present. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together and couldn’t have done it without your talent and great effort of everyone involved!!
We’re just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have opened such a beautiful pizzeria. This may not be a goodbye forever, but for now, it’s the right choice for our family.
Thank you again for the sweet memories and for allowing us to serve you RVALots of love,
Victor & Melinda
Carmela’s
Carmela’s was located on 3 N 17th Street.

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Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary, Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Vehicle

The incidents took place on West Marshall Street and Cutshaw Avenue.

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From RPD:

Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary, Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Vehicle on West Marshall Street and Cutshaw Avenue

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a commercial burglary, stolen vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle that occurred last month.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, a suspect stole tools from a work truck located in the 3100 block of West Marshall Street. Shortly after, a business in the 3100 block of Cutshaw Avenue was burglarized and a vehicle was stolen. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Henrico County. Photos of the suspect were captured on a surveillance video inside a local store. The photos of the suspect are attached, along with a stock photo of the sweatshirt and cap the suspect was wearing.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Third Precinct Detective H. Truong at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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