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Floodwall Closing this Weekend for Testing Not Flooding

Beginning Saturday, June 3 through Friday, June 9, 2023 between the hours of 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and weather permitting, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be performing its annual floodwall testing.

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Beginning Saturday, June 3 through Friday, June 9, 2023 between the hours of 7:00 am – 4:00 pm and weather permitting, the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) will be performing its annual floodwall testing. For the duration of the testing at the Mayo Bridge, the bridge will be closed to ALL forms of vehicular traffic to include motorists and bicyclists. Additionally, it will be closed to all foot traffic. Traffic impacts will be intermittent at all locations throughout the testing hours.

During testing, only City of Richmond personnel and officials are permitted on site. Spectators are not allowed to be present as these areas will have restricted access due to public safety concerns.

The following is a schedule of the dates and locations along the floodwall that testing will occur:

DATESCLOSURE LOCATIONSTREET CLOSED
Sat. June 3Mayo Bridge @ Hull St.Bridge closed. No through traffic. Southbound open to island.
Sun. June 4Mayo Bridge @ Dock St.Bridge closed. No through traffic. Northbound open to island.
Mon. June 5South 12th & E. Byrd St.E. Byrd St. between S. 12th St. & Virginia St.
Tues. June 6Brander St.Brander St. entrance at Wastewater Treatment Plant & Ancarrow’s Boat Ramp
Wed. June7South 12th & E. Byrd St.

Dock St.

South 12th & E. Byrd Streets
Dock Street from 18th to 21st Streets
Thurs. June 8Goodes St. off Commerce Rd.Goode St. restricted to one lane @ CSX Railroad crossing
Fri. June 921st & Cary St.Cary St. between S. 20th & S. 22nd Streets

While floodwall testing is taking place, motorists will be detoured to adjoining streets. Barricades and signs will be posted to alert motorists. We strongly appeal to all travelers to obey signage to protect the safety of all, including the utility workers.

Richmond’s floodwall gates are tested once a year to ensure operability when they are needed, and were last tested in June 2022. The last closure of a floodwall occurred in November 2020 with the closure of the Dock Street and Brander Street floodwalls. These closures were a cautionary measure in response to heavy rains in western parts of the James River Basin area.

For these and other utility related street closures follow us on Twitter @DPUStreetNews.

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