The existing shoebox and cobra head streetlights are being removed from the Fan District and replaced with ornamental lights from The Boulevard east to Harrison Street and from Main north to Broad, but not including Boulevard, Harrison, Main and Broad. The new lights will provide a warmer, whiter light and overhead wiring will be replaced with underground wiring.
The 2500-2700 blocks of W. Grace Street should be completed by the end of the year. The next phase will be on Mulberry from W. Grace to Stuart Avenue and is scheduled to begin late in January 2014. Installation of lights on the 2600-2700 blocks of Floyd is expected by the end of 2014.
The style of poles and fixtures were selected by a consultant, with input from the Fan District Association. Several styles of fixtures and lamps were pilot tested in May 2009 along the 2600 block of West Grace and the 700 block of Mulberry. The lights being installed are the same ones currently on the 2300-2400 blocks of West Grace.
Also, during the first quarter of 2014, the overhead shoebox and cobra head lights will be removed from the completed streets, starting at the 1100 block of W. Grace and continuing west.
The Department of Public Utilities does not anticipate any streetlighting disruptions during construction. Old lights are not removed until the new fixtures are connected and tested.
During construction, parking may be temporarily restricted.
400-700 N. Mulberry - Nov. 2013 to Feb. 2014
00-300 N. Mulberry - Feb. to May 2014
2600-2700 Floyd -- May to Aug. 2014
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
|Student Joseph A. Seidell and DPU Director Bob Steidell|
|Student Thomas Jone and Director Steidell|
|Student Melissa Page and Director Steidell|
|Student Eileen Scribner and Director Steidell|
|Director Steidell and student Barbara Gordon|
|Director Steidell and student Corinna Beale|
|Program Manager Darryl Rivers and Community Outreach Coordinator Gay Stokes talk about stormwater|
|Boarding the trolley for the tour!|
|Trades Technician Horace Todd, who works with mosquito abatement, joined the tour|
|Streetlighting bucket trucks|
|This construction prevents stormwater from flooding the property.|
|Piping installed along Alaska Street prevent flooding by running rainwater along ditches to the creek|
|All the leaves in this ditch are going to cause the street to flood. Don't rake your leaves into the street or in storm drainage ditches.|
|Manhole at the base of a green alley that absorbs stormwater|
|The green alley near 5th Street downtown. The permeable pavers absorb stormwater.|
|Students examining the vegetated filter strips near 9th and Grace streets|
Monday, October 21, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
|DPU Director Bob Steidel addresses the class|
|Utility Plant Superintendent Ricky Hatfield provides an overview of the plant|
|Deputy Director Willie Horton (standing)|
|The section of the James River where the water goes into the Water Treatment Plant|
|An emergency HAZMAT washing station|
|Treated water under a safety net. Soon this section will be roofed in.|
|New holding tank for treated water|
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
|DPU Director Bob Steidel explains the history of wastewater treatment.|
|Clair Watson, utilities operations superintendent at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, explains how the plant operates.|
|Students look at how clear and clean the treated water is before it is returned to the river.|