Richmond: Officer Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass project update includes 24-hour construction work next weekend

Work on the underpass being built to circumvent the train tracks crossing Marina Bay Parkway intensifies next weekend, according to the latest update from the Richmond city manager:

Officer Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass Project Update – Night Work Scheduled for October 18 – 20

The Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass Project involves the construction of a roadway underpass on Marina Bay Parkway between Meeker Avenue and Regatta Boulevard, and is intended to resolve long-standing access limitations to the Marina Bay Area caused by frequent train crossings. In early September, Marina Bay Parkway was closed to traffic. This closure will remain in place for approximately 18 months.

This week, while utility relocation work continued, the second of three shipments of steel piles for the Deep Soil Mix (“DSM”) walls arrived at the site and DSM construction continued. This work is one of the most time-critical operations for the project, and the community can expect DSM work to take place on most weekends during this phase of the project.

Of note, during excavation work conducted this week, the contractor successfully avoided two undocumented live utility facilities. As noted in prior reports, unknown utilities are a problematic but unavoidable risk, and the contractor’s expertise and standard of care avoided potential utility outages in these cases.

For the week of October 14th, crews will continue utility relocation work and DSM production. As noted in prior reports, certain segments of the DSM and bridge construction work will necessarily require closure of the railroad to train traffic. The first of these closure windows are proposed for next week: On October 16th, 17th and 18th, train traffic will not be permitted to use the crossing during the workday hours. These work windows may result in increased train activity in the nighttime hours.

On October 19th, 20th and 21st, the first of up to six weekend, 24-hour a day closure windows are scheduled. Community members can expect work on the project to continue for 24 hours a day on these days. While disruptive, these weekend work shifts are necessary to complete the project, and the project team appreciates the community’s patience.

For additional information and to be added to the project update contact list, please see the project website at www.moodyup.com. You can also follow the project on twitter: @moodyunderpass.

Chris Treadway