Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System Project

City Of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia

Phase I Cultural Resource Survey and Project Coordination


On behalf of Parsons, and in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and the Richmond GRTC Transit System (GRTC), Dovetail Cultural Resource Group conducted a Phase I cultural resource survey of the Broad Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project area in the City of Richmond and Henrico County, Virginia. This project calls for the introduction of a guideway (dedicated bus lanes) for portions of the 7-mile route from the western suburbs through the downtown core of the capital city and into the oldest section of town. Dovetail’s cultural resource responsibilities to date include:

  • Reconnaissance-level architectural survey of the 7-mile long project corridor
  • Archaeological survey in areas with the potential for intact soils
  • Technical report production
  • Project coordination with all involved local, state, and federal agencies
  • Identification and coordination with consulting parties

The Phase I fieldwork, report production, and eligibility coordination of resources along the BRT corridor commenced in February 2010 and was complete in October 2010. During fieldwork, Dovetail identified approximately 550 historic architectural resources, including 425 previously recorded properties (some of which had not been resurveyed in nearly 30 years), 14 historic districts, and three National Historic Landmarks. Resources ranged from the eighteenth-century Poe Museum to the 1965 Markell Building. Dovetail subsequently worked with the project team, DRPT, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and consulting parties on project effect.

The Broad Street project draws on Dovetail’s ability to coordinate high-volume cultural resource surveys within dense, historic, urban commercial environments. As one of Richmond’s primary transportation corridors, architectural resources within this project area varied in type, period, and style. This project was completed on time and within budget.