Mayo Bridge flood wall tracks to be replaced

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Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major traffic alert that will affect anyone who usually travels the 14th Street bridge in downtown Richmond - the bridge is now closed for three weeks for floodwall repair.

The Mayo closed down late Sunday night. Parts of Dock Street are also shut down for most of April as the city completes some work on the floodwall.

The flood wall keeps the James River where it should be, and not in the streets of Shockoe Bottom.

The city inspects the walls every year - and realized it's time to replace the guides that move them.

While the bridge is shut down to traffic, the city says they are going to accommodate businesses in the area during the work. There will also still be access to the 14th Street boat take out.

The city is hoping people won't be making angry calls about the work, as some motorists say it will be a big change.

"We hope not because of the type of work we are doing and why were are doing it," said Richmond Dept. of Public Utilities' Angela Fountain. "We hope people understand it's about making sure the flood wall peaks as it's supposed to."

So a major change for the Monday morning commute as the bridge is now shut down.

The city hopes to finish this whole project by April 26.

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