Traffic alert: Floodwall testing to begin Monday in Richmond

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  A traffic alert to keep in mind before the next work week begins. The City of Richmond is getting ready to test its floodwall gates. That means road closures at various locations starting Monday.

A couple times a year, the city makes sure there are no problems with the floodwall gates - especially now that we're in hurricane season. Five locations will be tested next week. Road closures may put a snag in your commute.

Staying one step ahead of mother nature. By making sure the city floodwall gates work like they were designed, to keep a flooded James River out of city streets.

We're now about a month into this year's hurricane season. The floodwall testing is a slow process. But one that's necessary according to the city Department of Public Utilities. They want to make sure there's nothing blocking the doors from shutting.

Drivers may want to plan ahead before the work begins. The first test is Monday here at Dock and 18th streets. That's means Dock will be closed between 18th all the way to 21st temporarily.

Mondays' road closure begins at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p,m,, Cary Street between S. 20th and S. 22nd will have to be shut down.

The Brander Street gate will be tested Thursday 9am to 11am. On Friday, between 8am and 10am, Goode Street will be restricted to one lane at CSX. Along with drivers, people who usually walk in the area will have restricted access as well.

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