Commuters who drive along the western end of Cary Street Road will need to figure out a new way to work next week.
The stretch between Three Chopt Road and Tuckahoe Boulevard is slated to be closed to through traffic in both directions for five weeks starting Monday, said Rhonda Johnson, spokeswoman for the Richmond public works department.
Traffic is expected to be diverted to Grove Avenue while workers repair the sewer infrastructure.
Detours are expected to be set up near the Country Club of Virginia at Three Chopt and Cary Street roads as well as at Cary Street Road’s intersection with Malvern Avenue, according to a city project map.
The upcoming road closure comes in the second phase of a three-phase sewer project in the area.
After phase two, Cary Street’s eastbound lane will remain closed between Three Chopt Road and Tuckahoe Boulevard to through traffic for an additional 17 weeks for more sewer work on that side of the street. The westbound lane is planned to be open during that time, and eastbound traffic is expected to be detoured to Grove Avenue.
Road closures have been planned to be in effect 24/7 for the duration of each phase. Work hours are scheduled for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sidewalks aren’t expected to be affected.
The $2.2 million sewer project started in January on Libbie Avenue between Cary Street and Matoaka roads, which was wrapping up this week, according to Johnson. The overall project is expected to be completed in August.
The project is underway to address the poor condition of sections of the sanitary sewer system in the area. Most sewer sections being worked on date to the early 1900s and they leak, are collapsed or are expected to break, according to city materials related to the project.
Editor’s note: The Google Map below has mislabeled the roadway affected by the sewer project closures as both Cary Street Road and North Thompson Street. But it is in fact Cary Street Road.”
I really hope the City uses this as a chance to add sidewalks to Cary Street consdering this project will do the dirty work of bulldozing yards and cutting down large trees along it’s path and digging up yards.
City did this in my neighborhood before the pandemic and it took months; as noted these are the main lines under the road. They don’t need to mess with trees and yards. They cut out sections and run the new liners/make repairs. Difference is in grid neighborhoods that are not heavily traveled road you can drive around it but on Cary Street I think DPU said it would be faster and easier on everyone to close the road for 7 weeks.