Forest Hill Ave. Improvements

Project Summary and Scope


Forest Hill Ave. improvements from Powhite Parkway to Hathaway Road...


The project scope is to improve safety, accessibility, drainage, multimodal transportation and aesthetics through the corridor.

Installation of a 12' raised median (with median trees and other landscaping) the project includes, 4 - 11' wide travel lanes, Curbing (both sides), Storm sewer (underground), 4' planting strip (with street trees), 4' sidewalks (both sides)

5' bike lanes (both sides), Pavement markings and a Traffic Signal at Melbourne Drive synchronized with Hathaway Road (to ease the left turn from Melbourne Drive).


“CPC Council Letter UDC13-18”

“FH UDC Application Completed

Geotechnical Study: “60K-0679r1 Complete Report”

Categorical Exclusion: “Forest Hill Ave. CE Environmental Document 122712”

Noise Study: “Forest Hills Ave. Noise Summary 7-12-11”

Design Contract and Memos: Original Contract: “Contract #07043B-1 Stantec – Signed”

Contract Memo 1: “Contract Modification (07043B-1) (dated 8-8-12) (fully executed)”

Contract Memo 2: “Contract Modification (07043B-1) (dated 9-28-12) (fully executed).pdf”

Contract Memo 3: “Contract Modification (07043B-1) (dated 5-30-13)


Project Milestones

Complete Right of Way acquisition – November 2016

Complete Construction plans – January 2017

Advertise for Construction – October 2017

Begin Phase 1 Utility Relocations – February 2018

End Phase 1 Utility Relocations – February 2019

Begin Construction – August 20, 2018 

Complete Construction – March 31, 2021 (projected)

Project Funding

$12,542,956– Federally funded. Award #’s: 500254/500256/500258/500259/500383/500384, Project #: 100571

Project Status Updates

  • Construction underway - The Notice to Proceed given to contractor 8/20/18.

Permit, information is listed below. For details please call the Department of Planning, Development and Review at 804-646-4169.

Environmental permit Categorical Exclusion (CE) – see link. 

Work in Streets Permit (WISP-039488-2018)


Expenses (costs are reported quarterly)

Design - $ 1,658,446.36

Right of Way - $ 857,992.31

Private Utility Relocation - $ 594,837.37

Construction - $ 2,008,389.48


Project Contact Information, if you have questions about this project please contact this individual.

  • City of Richmond Department of Public Works   Alvin Hicks, PE   804-646-5654

Performance Measures and Benchmarks

Construction is currently within budget but the schedule is currently delayed due to encountering unforeseen utiltiies.  Utility relocation underway and projected complete 10/2/19.  Road construction underway.


Project Overall Status (Active, Pending or Complete)


Ordinance Information

No information listed to date.

Contract Information

City Contract number:  18000022733

Contractor:  Blakemore Construction Corporation, 2318 Commerce Center Drive, Rockville VA 23146

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