DGS ALERT

Capital Square and Vicinity

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DGS ALERT

Visit the Department of Human Resource Management’s website or a local television or radio station for inclement weather closings. You can also receive emergency closing announcements by following DHRM on Twitter.

 

 

May 22, 2019

Dominion will perform electric work on Governor Street Saturday, May 25 

Dominion will perform electrical work along Governor Street between East Grace and Bank streets all day on Saturday, May 25. There will be no parking along that section of Governor Street between East Grace and Bank streets during this time. One lane of Governor Street will be open for through traffic, but please use caution while traveling in the area on Saturday, May 25. Please remember Governor Street is open to authorized personnel only. 

 

May 20, 2019

East Grace Street impacted by utility work, sidewalk project

The City of Richmond will perform utility work on East Grace Street this week, which will close traffic after hours. The road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, through Thursday, May 23. There will be increased construction-related traffic along Governor Street during these hours, as well.

Travel along Grace Street also may be affected this week as the Department of General Services pours concrete for the front sidewalk replacement for the Madison Building. The work, which could stop traffic along Grace Street for up to an hour at a time, is planned for Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday, May 23.

In both instances, drivers should use Old 14th Street as an alternative.

 

May 16, 2019

Section of 9th Street to close for General Assembly Building tunnel construction

The Department of General Services is beginning work on a pedestrian tunnel under 9th Street as part of the General Assembly Building project next week, and the work will impact travel on a section of the street through the end of June.

Beginning on Monday, May 20, one additional lane of 9th Street will close between Grace and Broad streets. Two travel lanes of 9th Street will remain open that week.

On May 28, all lanes of 9th Street between Grace and Broad streets will close to traffic. A pedestrian walkway will remain accessible. It is anticipated that the lane closure will remain in place through at least the end of June. The closure will include the following changes to nearby streets:

  • All northbound traffic on Ninth Street will be redirected west at Grace Street.
  • The eastbound lanes of Grace Street will end at 8th Street; northbound traffic should use 7th Street and southbound traffic will be diverted on 8th Street.
  • No public street parking will be allowed from 8th to 9th streets on Grace Street.

DGS is working with the City of Richmond to mitigate any traffic impacts. Drivers and pedestrians should use caution and observe any traffic control signage.

When complete, the pedestrian tunnel will connect the new General Assembly Building and a new parking garage that will be built at the corner of 9th and Broad streets.

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DGS and OnTheSquareVA also will host an information session covering this and other upcoming construction projects at noon on May 21 in Senate Room 3 in the Capitol extension. Visit the OnTheSquareVA Calendar of Events to add this session to your Google calendar. Registration is not required.

 

 

May 13, 2019

Two Capitol Square gates closed, stop signs added to Governor & East Grace streets

Beginning today, DGS closed two pedestrian gates on the north end of Capitol Square to accommodate construction utility work for the new General Assembly Building. The closures will remain in place through 2021 during renovation of Old City Hall, which is expected to begin later this year.

The gate closest to the Patrick Henry Building on the northeast corner of Capitol Square will remain open.
Later this week, expect digging for the utility work to begin on the Capitol Square side of Old City Hall. There may be increased noise and dust in the area.

New Stop Signs

DGS has placed new stops signs at the corner of Governor and East Grace streets to protect pedestrians and drivers during construction of the new parking lot in that area. Please use caution while driving or walking in this area.

Stay Informed

Sign up for emails to stay informed of these and other projects that impact Capitol Square. You also can sign up for building-specific alerts. Click here to sign up.

DGS and OnTheSquareVA also will host an information session covering these and other upcoming construction projects at noon on May 21 in Senate Room 3 in the Capitol extension. Visit the OnTheSquareVA Calendar of Events to add this session to your Google calendar. Registration is not required.

 

May 6, 2019

DGS to build temporary parking lot near Capitol Square, close gates for construction

DGS soon will start construction projects around Capitol Square that will impact how you move around the grounds. These projects are among several the agency will undertake over the next two years, and we want to make sure you receive the most up-to-date information on activities that will affect where you work, your commute and how you enjoy the area in and around Capitol Square.

Temporary Parking Lot

DGS will begin construction on May 8 of a temporary parking site on the field where the former Zincke Building stood, at the corner of Governor and East Grace streets. The lot will accommodate state employees whose parking will be unavailable during various construction projects through 2021.

DGS will relocate employees who park in some areas of Governor and East Grace streets for this work, which is expected to be completed in early July. The Governor Street and East Grace Street sidewalks adjoining the field will be closed during construction. Expect dust and noise during business hours. No travel lanes will be blocked during the project. If a lane is impeded temporarily, a flagger will control traffic flow.

OnTheSquareVA Activities

OnTheSquareVA activities, including the weekly food trucks and farmers' markets, will be held north of the temporary lot where the recently demolished Aluminum Building previously stood. During construction of the parking lot, the steps connecting the OnTheSquareVA event area to the VDOT lot will remain open for those who work east of the site to more conveniently access the OnTheSquareVA activities.

The parking lot and OnTheSquareVA event areas are shown on the map below.

 

 

DGSalert Subscription Emails

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VSCAN

The Virginia State Capitol Alert Network, or VSCAN, is the primary source of emergency notification used by the Division of Capitol Police (DCP) in and around the Capital District. VSCAN is owned and operated by DCP and individual accounts are free to all tenant personnel located in state-managed facilities in and around Capitol Square.

VSCAN alerts are most effective when a user has multiple means of communication assigned to their account. DGS and DCP encourage all tenants to provide as many communication options as possible, including state email address, office phone number, mobile phone number, and personal email address. The more options that are provided in the VSCAN system, the more ways there are for account holders to receive timely notification from DCP during an emergency or significant event on Capitol Square.

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EMERGENCY DIRECTORY- CAPITOL COMPLEX

Fire or Rescue: 911

Capitol Police: 786-HELP (4357)

Capitol Police Non-Emergency: 786-2568

DGS Information Line: 225-4949

DGS 1stService (Building Emergencies): 786- 3578

VDOT’s Highway Helpline: 1-800-367-ROAD

VITA Customer Care: 1-866-637-8482

Commonwealth Information Line: 211

National Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222

Terrorism Hotline: 1-877-482-8477