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Beware Richmond Marathon Closures this Weekend

The race starts early Saturday November 13th so many closures or changes will go into place in very early (3-4 AM) on Saturday.

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The Richmond Marathon is back! Be sure to pay particular attention to street closure signs, no parking signs and race course signs to avoid traffic delays and even towing. Bridge closures include: Huguenot Bridge and Belvidere Bridge will be closed. An alternate route for Huguenot Bridge is the Powhite Parkway and alternate route for the Belvidere Bridge are is Interstate 95.

Please note that navigating around race day traffic might put you on toll roads. You can use the Waze traffic app to help navigate around Richmond on race day. Road closures have been pre-loaded into the app, which should allow you to move about town using the most efficient route possible.

GRTC on Race Day

For GRTC impacts, including the Pulse,  click here.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021

  • The intersection of 5th & Tredegar Street will be closed starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 for Finish Line set up and construction
  • 5th Street will be closed from Broad St to Tredegar St starting 4am to 4pm
  • Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th and 11th Streets will be closed to traffic from 4am to 10am. 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. Arthur Ashe Boulevard will be closed from 6 to 9am.  Eastbound traffic will be detoured via a u-turn westbound on Broad Street from 7:30 to 9am.
  • Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 6th Street will be closed from 4am to 3pm.
  • 3rd Street from Broad Street to Cary Street will be closed from 6am to 3pm.
  • Mulberry Street between Broad St. and Monument Ave. will be closed from 6 to 9am for the Allianz Partners 8k.
  • Grace Street will be closed between Arthur Ashe Boulevard and Allen Ave. from 6 to 9am for the Allianz Partners 8k.
  • Lombardy Street between Brook Rd. and Monument Ave will be closed from 7am to 3pm.
  • North Arthur Ashe Boulevard northbound from Broad St. to Hermitage Rd. will be closed from 7 to 10am for the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon.
  • Hermitage Road northbound from Arthur Ashe Boulevard to Pope Ave will be closed from 7 to 10am for the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon.
  • Brookland Parkway both eastbound and westbound from Hermitage Rd. to Lamont St. will be closed from 7 to 10am for the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon
  • Bellevue Avenue from Hermitage Rd to Bryan Park entrance will be closed from 7 to 10am for the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon.
  • Monument Avenue westbound between Mulberry and Westmoreland will be closed from 7:30 to 9:30am.
  • Westmoreland between Monument Ave and Grove Ave will be closed from 7:30 to 10am.
  • Grove Avenue westbound between Commonwealth and Maple will be closed from 7:30 to 10am.
  • Maple Avenue from Grove to Cary Street will be closed from 7:30 to 10am
  • The Huguenot Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 8 to 11am. Northbound traffic on Huguenot Road will be detoured north from Huguenot Road onto Chippenham Parkway to the Willey Bridge.
  • Riverside Dr. will be closed from the Huguenot Bridge to Scottview Drive from 6am to Noon.
  • Forest Hill Ave. westbound from Roanoke St. to Hathaway Rd. will be closed from 8 to 11:30am.
  • Semmes Ave. Westbound from Cowardin Ave. to Roanoke St. will be closed from 8:30am to Noon
  • Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7am to 3pm. The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
  • West Main Street, from Belvidere to Arthur Ashe Boulevard will be closed from 9am to 1pm. Westbound traffic Main St 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
  • The southbound exit ramp from the Powhite Parkway to Forest Hill Avenue and the northbound entrance ramp from westbound Forest Hill Avenue onto the Powhite Parkway will be closed to traffic from 8am until approximately 11am.
  • There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k routes, including closures on:  Broad Street, North Arthur Ashe 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.
You can see the course below just to give you an idea of areas to avoid.

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Part of Bliley to be Closed for Stormwater Repair

Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.

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WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Now through Wednesday, February 15

WHERE: Bliley Road bordering Westlake Hills and Cedarhurst neighborhoods in the 4th District will be closed between Forest Hill Avenue and Blakemore Road for stormwater repair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday; Whitlone Road will also be closed between Bliley and Debora Street at those times. There will be no vehicular access during those times on Bliley from Netherwood to Cedarhurst and from Bliley to Debora. The rest of the area will have resident access only.

PROJECT SCOPE:  Emergency stormwater repair project

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Storm the Gates with Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA

Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

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Art 180, All City Art Club, and Supply.RVA is bringing you their first exhibition of 2023, Storm the Gates, a gallery takeover celebrating graffiti artists, illustrators, cartoonists, and people painting in the corner of their bedrooms and garages. Bridging the divide between street art and gallery spaces with street signs, black book works, graffiti pieces, and creative public art activities.

Join them this Friday during February @rvafirstfridays where they’ll unveil a mural collaboratively painted by All City Art Club and ART 180’s program alumni and current participants.

Friday, February 3
5-9 p.m.
ART 180’s Atlas Gallery
114 W Marshall St.

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Greater Richmond Convention Center marks 20 years serving region

Since 2003, the complex has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments, and other events, bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

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Virginia’s largest meeting and exhibition venue celebrates two decades of welcoming events and visitors to the Richmond Region this year. The Greater Richmond Convention Center officially opened on February 28, 2003, as cheerleaders from across the country flipped in the American National Cheer and Dance Championships in the building’s exhibit hall.

Since then, the GRCC has hosted a total of 7,034 conventions, consumer shows, sports tournaments and other events bringing millions of people and dollars to the region.

The GRCC replaced the 62,000-square-foot Richmond Center, which opened in 1986. Stretching across a six-block area, the 700,000 square-foot GRCC incorporates some of the steel and pillars from the original facility.

Construction for the project began in 1999 and was supported by a $10 million investment from former Governor George Allen and the regionwide transient lodging tax.

“It is the best example of regional cooperation in the history of this whole area,” said late Lt. Gov. John H. Hager during a 2002 press conference.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority – a political subdivision of Virginia with representation from the city of Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties – oversaw the financing, development and construction of the GRCC. The Authority’s 25th anniversary is this year.

We’re immensely proud of the legacy and the positive impact the Greater Richmond Convention Center has had on tourism,” said Lincoln Saunders, City of Richmond Chief Administrative Officer and Chair of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority. “Millions of people are introduced to the Richmond Region through events and competitions that are hosted at the facility every year. These visitors support our economy by shopping at our small businesses, eating at restaurants and visiting attractions.”

To examine the viability of the GRCC, regional leaders commissioned a feasibility study by C.H. Johnson Consulting in 1999. The researchers projected hotel tax collections to reach $30 million by fiscal year 2020. Hotel tax collection revenues reached $30 million by fiscal year 2019.

Throughout the GRCC expansion phases, groups were welcomed to the region to use completed portions of the building. About 1,200 women from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were the first to use the facility’s new ballroom during a three-day conference in May 2001.

When the GRCC was officially completed in 2003, Richmond Region Tourism had booked 18 conventions through 2008.

Interest and bookings have experienced a dramatic uptick over the years. During its last fiscal year, the GRCC hosted over 180 events.

From USA Fencing tournaments and ice dancing competitions to offshore wind conferences and comic conventions, the GRCC has hosted various large-scale events since it opened.

“The convention center is a shining example of regional collaboration,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The success of the convention center demonstrates how investing in tourism results in positive economic development for our entire region. Richmond Region Tourism and its partners are committed to working alongside our community to continue tourism’s positive momentum.”

The GRCC went through extensive upgrades to modernize the facility in 2020.

GRCC’s technological and cosmetic improvements include new LED lighting and RGB color lighting, monitors, digital signage, and a new digital sound system.  Its interior spaces were updated with new tile, accents, paint scheme, and pub-style tables and seating. The facility also features a new executive lounge and a renovated food court and service desk.

Today the GRCC features 178,159 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, a 30,550 square foot grand ballroom, and 50,000 sq. ft. of additional meeting room space.

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