Richmond VA > Public Works > Capital Projects

Last Updated: 2020-08-06


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.

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What We Do

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 822 center lane miles of street, 836 miles of sidewalk, as well as 83 bridges.

June 2020                 Total                 $220,105,402.02

How do Projects Originate?

Major highway Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) are based on need studies that analyze tchnical 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 Citizen Request System.

How are Projects Funded?

CIP are primarily funded through various highway construction granst 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.

Some of the many responsibilities managed by the DPM 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 traffec as needed and to increase transportation safety and promote neighborhood vitality
  • Work Zone Safety - To identify, correct, and monitor improper work zones
  • Annual Handicap Accessibility Program - To identify and fulfill needs for handicap accessibility within the ROW
  • Neighborhood 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.
  • Urban 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:
    • Urban Federal Funds
    • Urban State 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 (CIP)

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.

Bridge Replacement Project

During an 8-month project in 2015, the 5th and 7th Street bridges over Leigh Street were replaced. The $3.6 million dollar project was funded through city and state funds.

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Contact Information:

Dept of Public Works
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Suite 704
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Hours: Monday -Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Customer Care Center: 3-1-1
or (804)646-7000


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If you have any questions, please call the City’s Customer Care Center at 3-1-1 or (804) 646-7000

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