Richmond VA > Public Works > Forest Hill Avenue Improvement Project

Last Updated: 2020-04-28

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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.

Project Schedule

Current Status – Contractor will be constructing the retaining wall for the week of April 17th – May 5th, 2020. Installation of storm drainage pipes will be underway for the weeks of April 1st – May 30th, 2020.

  • 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 20, 2018
  • Underground Utility work – July-August 2019
  • Roadway Work to commence – September 2019
  • Complete Construction – 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 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.

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

Project Maps

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

Forest Hill Stakeholder Meetings

Project Documents and Materials
        (As requested by citizens)

Contact Us

    Project Contact:
        Alvin Hicks
        Construction Inspector Supervisor
        P | 804.646.5654
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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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