DGS ALERT

Capital Square and Vicinity

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DGS ALERT

October 10, 2019

Water main break on 14th Street may impact traffic, entry into Monroe Building parking deck

State employees who park in and around the Monroe Building should expect delays and alternate traffic patterns Thursday morning due to repairs to a water main break on 14th Street.

At this time, the only entry and exit for the Monroe Building parking deck will be the entry at the north end of the building closest to Broad Street. From Broad Street, turn onto south 14th Street, then immediately make a left into the deck. From points south, 14th Street is restricted to one lane so expect delays. Other entrances may open later in the morning, but for now plan on a single entrance into the Monroe Building parking lot.

 

September 5, 2019

DGS may close Capitol Square and facilities if Hurricane Dorian brings high winds to area

The Department of General Services may close Capitol Square grounds within the historic fence and DGS buildings if high winds from Hurricane Dorian pose hazardous conditions in the Richmond area.

The National Weather Service forecasts heavy winds and rain extending into the Richmond area overnight and into Friday morning.

If Capitol Square grounds are closed, DGS facilities would remain accessible from entrances located outside of the historic fence.

If DGS buildings are closed, facilities would be locked and inaccessible. Closures are intended to protect individuals from potential hazards, such as blowing debris and falling tree limbs.

DGS will post any closings and subsequent openings on its website, https://dgs.virginia.gov/, and on Twitter, @DGSVirginia.

Here is a full list of DGS buildings that would be affected as a result of a closure:

• Barbara Johns Building
• Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services building
• Jefferson Building
• Library of Virginia
• Madison Building
• Main Street Centre
• Morson's Row
• Monroe Building
• Office of Fleet Management Services building
• Office of Surplus Property Management building
• Old City Hall
• Oliver Hill Building
• Patrick Henry Building
• Virginia Distribution Center
• Virginia War Memorial
• Virginia War Memorial Carillon
• Washington Building
• Westmoreland Building
• 400 East Cary

 

July 12, 2019

Temporary parking lot to open and Governor Street security/pedestrian project to begin July 15

On Monday, July 15, the new Governor and Grace Temporary Parking Lot will open and the Department of General Services will begin a security and pedestrian enhancement project along Governor Street. Please be aware of the following vehicle and pedestrian impacts due to both projects.

Traffic on East Grace Street between Old 14th and Governor streets will become two-way on Monday, July 15, to accommodate the increased traffic from the new temporary parking lot. Drivers also will notice a new three-way stop at the corner of Old 14th and East Grace streets to increase vehicle and pedestrian safety in that area.

The temporary parking lot is necessary to relocate state employees whose parking will be unavailable during various construction projects through 2021.

The Governor Street security and pedestrian enhancement project also begins Monday, July 15. There will be no public vehicle access to Governor Street. Portions of the street will be under construction at various times, but the east side of the street, including the pedestrian sidewalk, will remain a construction area through early 2020. Expect high noise and dust in the area, especially early in the project.

Please use the west sidewalk along Governor Street. Use caution on the historic sidewalk pavers. Access to the OnTheSquareVA event space will remain open throughout the project, with a marked crosswalk coming soon.
Please obey all traffic and pedestrian signs around this new parking lot and construction area.

The security enhancements, intended to control access behind the Executive Mansion, include a Division of Capitol Police post located near the intersection of Governor and Broad streets, and two additional gate arms to restrict traffic along Governor Street. Pedestrian enhancements include greening and seating along a portion of Governor Street.

See the map below for more information.

 

July 8, 2019

East Grace and Old 14th streets to close for pavement work July 12; Governor Street work to begin July 15

Two upcoming temporary road closures may impact how you access your parking location or your office.

Governor and Grace Temporary Parking Lot

Contractors are finishing work on the new Governor and Grace Temporary Parking Lot, which is scheduled to open July 15. As part of that work, contractors are scheduled to repave East Grace and Old 14th streets Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14. The work will require temporary closures of both roads.

Paving work will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12. Any vehicles parked along Old 14th or East Grace streets after 5:30 p.m. will be towed. All vehicles left in parking lots that are accessed by Old 14th Street after 5:30 p.m. will be unable to exit until Monday, July 15. Work is dependent on the weather.

The temporary parking lot is necessary to relocate state employees whose parking will be unavailable during various construction projects through 2021.

Governor Street Security Enhancements

Work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 15, on security and pedestrian enhancements along Governor Street. The street will be closed to all but emergency vehicles for approximately six months for the work to be completed.

The sidewalk on the east side of Governor Street from Broad to East Grace streets will be closed to pedestrians. Access will remain for the OnTheSquareVA event space where weekly food trucks, farmers' markets and other activities are held.

The security enhancements, intended to control access behind the Executive Mansion, include a Division of Capitol Police post located near the intersection of Governor and E. Broad streets, and two additional gate arms to restrict traffic along Governor Street.

Pedestrian enhancements include greening and granite block seating along the street.

 

June 27, 2019

9th Street closure extended for General Assembly Building tunnel construction

The Department of General Services' contractor for the General Assembly Building construction project will extend the closure of 9th Street between Grace and Broad streets for an additional two weeks to allow more time for excavation of a pedestrian tunnel as part of the project. The City of Richmond today approved the request for the extended lane closure.

Work began on the pedestrian tunnel on May 28 and was expected to be complete by the end of June. DGS now expects the project to be complete by July 15.

During the closures, all lanes of 9th Street between Grace and Broad streets are closed to traffic. A pedestrian walkway will remain accessible. The closure includes 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 will continue 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.

 

June 20, 2019

Tower crane to be raised at General Assembly Building site

Work will begin Friday, June 21, to raise a more than 300-foot tall tower crane to assist with construction of the General Assembly Building. The work is expected to be completed on Monday, June 24.

The crane will be installed on the south side of the new General Assembly Building. The initial height of the tower crane will be 307 feet with a hook height of 277 feet. In mid-2020, the crane will be extended to 340 feet, with a hook height of 310 feet. The crane has a 236-foot swing radius.

From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, more than a dozen support trucks will deliver pieces for the tower crane and an assist crane to the site. No additional road closures are expected; however, crews may temporarily stop traffic to assist with trucks accessing the site. The assist crane will be disassembled and hauled away on Monday. All work is dependent on the weather.

The tower crane will help unload and place materials to build the new building. The crane will remain in place through early 2021.

You may see the tower crane move freely at times when high winds occur at the site. This movement, called "weathervaning," is a best practice during high wind events. No loads will be picked up or suspended during these times.

No loads will be carried over Capitol Square, pedestrians or any buildings within the crane's swing radius. If a load must be moved over a roadway, crews will close traffic temporarily.

The foundation of the crane is located inside the secured work site, and a 12-foot high secure enclosure will built around the base of the crane.

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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.

Stay Informed

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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 employe

es 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 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. held north of the temporary lot where the recently demolished Aluminum Building previously stood. During construction

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

 

DGSalert Subscription Emails

Sign up to receive DGSalert emails directly to stay informed on DGS construction projects, building/facility issues, road closures and more that may impact how you move around Capitol Square. Sign up for a specific building or to receive all Capitol Square information. 

General Assembly Building Utilities/Old City Hall Renovation

Beginning the week of May 13, DGS will close 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.

 

 

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