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    New Detour Route for Fifth Street Project (Beginning Apr. 15)

    In order to complete the waterline replacement portion of the Fifth Street Utility and Streetscape Project, beginning today, Monday, April1 15, Fifth Street will be closed to all through traffic between Pierce Street and Federal Street.  Additionally, Taylor Street, between Park Avenue and Fifth Street will be closed to all through traffic.
    In order to bypass this section of Fifth Street, motorists will use the new detour route from Pierce Street to Eighth Street.  For those needing to access the Old City Cemetery or businesses and residences located on the north side of Fifth Street, motorists are to access Fourth Street via Filmore Street.  Please be aware of the one way section of Fourth Street between Taylor Street and Monroe Street.
    This detour will be in place for several weeks while contractors finish installing two major waterlines from Fifth Street and Park Avenue to the Water Treatment Plant at College Hill.  Updated information will be announced when this work is completed.  NOTE: This detour will be used again at a time to be determined in order to complete streetscape work in the intersection of Fifth Street and Taylor Street.
    The Fifth Street Utility and Streetscape Project began in spring 2018 in order to update the aging utility infrastructure located in the historic Fifth Street Corridor.  Improvements include upgrading the aging waterline with a new 16” waterline, installing a new secondary raw waterline to transport water from the James River to the College Hill Water Treatment Plant, and the updating of all streetscape features including sidewalks and roadways in order to provide a better pedestrian and vehicle experience along the Fifth Street Corridor.  The project is scheduled to be completed on time in summer 2019.
    For more information, contact the Department of Water Resources at (434) 455-6240.

    Click here to to view a map of the affected area.