Richmond VA > Public Works > Jahnke Road Improvement Project

Last Updated: 2020-06-12


The Jahnke Road Improvement Project is designed to improve traffic safety, improve traffic flow and enhance overall livability for the residents and users of the Jahnke Road Corridor. Jahnke Road not only carries automobile traffic, but also pedestrians, cyclists, GRTC bus riders and children who attend the three public schools located along the project corridor.

Important project elements within the design will include a shared use path, sidewalks, and landscaping. The existing roadway drainage will be upgraded from an open system with roadside ditches to a closed system with storm sewer pipe and curb and gutter which will eliminate areas slow to drain during prolonged periods of heavy rainfall.

Current funding is available for engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction.

Project Status

The project will be re-advertised for construction in spring 2020.

Previous Project Milestones

  • The City of Richmond awarded the Project to CH2M HILL, the design consultant December, 2008
  • Preliminary Planning and Design – began in early 2009
  • First Public Information Meeting – July, 2009
  • Second Public Information Meeting – October 2009
  • City Planning Commission Conceptual approval obtained February 2010
  • UDC Final approval – October 2010
  • Public Hearing – December 2010
  • Began Right of Way Acquisition – Spring 2013

Project Milestones

  • Advertise for Construction - November 2020
  • Complete Construction - September 2023

Anticipated Project Construction Schedule

  • Right of Way Acquisition complete (84 parcels)
  • Utility Coordination/Relocation underway completion Spring 2020
  • Re-Advertisement for Construction – Spring 2020
  • Construction to begin Fall 2020
  • Construction: 2 years to complete roadway construction, finishing Fall 2022

Jahnke Road Design Elements

  • Raised 16-ft landscaped median separating two travel lanes (one lane in each direction)
  • New curb and gutter
  • New storm sewer system
  • Left turn lanes are provided at Newell Road, Spruance Road, Forestview School Drive (entrance to Elizabeth Redd Elementary School), Irby Drive and Leicester Road
  • 5-ft sidewalk with a 6-ft green space for landscaping on the south side of Jahnke Road
  • 8-ft shared use path with a 8-ft green space for landscaping on the north side of Jahnke Road
  • ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant for pedestrian traffic and bus commuters
  • New Signal at Forestview School Drive (entrance to Elizabeth Redd Elementary School)
  • Safety improvements at CSX rail crossing

Estimated Costs

  • Preliminary Engineering Costs: $2,000,000
  • Utility and Right of Way Costs: $1,500,000
  • Roadway Construction Costs: $10,500,000
  • Total Estimated Costs: $14,000,000
  • The project is funded with Federal, State, and City funds.

Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

  • Life to date: $4,149,629

Project Plans

Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)

Active-Utility relocations and adjustments are ongoing.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions please contact the Jahnke Road Improvement Project Manager:

Mr. Winston Phillips
Department of Public Works
City Hall, Suite 603
900 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
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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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