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Soil testing for GRTC Rapid Bus project closes parts of Broad St.

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 18:00:37-04

RICHMOND, Va. – Rolling road closures in Richmond may slow down traffic for the next couple of days, but they are expected to speed up transportation in the long run.

Broad Street in Richmond has seen many changes through its history, and the recently approved GRTC Bus Rapid Transit project, known as The Pulse, will bring its own changes to a seven and a half mile stretch.

Soil testing is the last step before construction begins on the project.

The lane closures began at 9 a.m. Monday and are expected to run through Wednesday, June 22, at 4 p.m.

The areas impacted are Broad Street between Staples Mill Road and 14 Street.

The closures also affect East Main Street, between 14th Street and Orleans Street.

The $49 million dollar project will transform Broad Street into a 7-mile stretch of frequently running buses, stretching from Willow Lawn to Rocket’s Landing.

The $49 million dollar project will transform Broad Street into a 7-mile stretch of frequently running buses, stretching from Willow Lawn to Rocket’s Landing.

City Council approved the $49 million dollar project in February.

The buses will connect Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn, with three and a half miles of dedicated bus lines, 14 stations, and buses running every 10 minutes during peak hours.

The February vote came after seven years of planning and intense debate. While the project has already been approved by the city’s Planning Commission and Urban Design Committee, there had been several hurdles and concerns that divided the community and city leaders.

Riders who already use GRTC to commute said they believe a little patience will pay off.