RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Mayor Levar Stoney announced the official reopening of Franklin Street between Ambler and 18th streets during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The renovated street aims to provide easier access to Main Street Station and the 17th Street Farmers Market via the Virginia Capital Trail.
The $1.8 million project started in the fall of 2019 and the street has been closed since.
“The completion of this project is particularly meaningful because it literally connects the efforts that advocates for Shockoe have been asking for, for a very long time. I would say probably for decades,” Mayor Stoney said.
The new and improved street features bike lanes, brick crosswalks, decorative street lights and trees. As well as new asphalt and cobblestones.
Stoney says these added features allow people to access the cultural wealth of Shockoe like never before.