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Stretch of River Road to be permanently closed

The City of Richmond has permanently closed a stretch of River Road. - City of Richmond map
The City of Richmond has permanently closed a stretch of River Road.
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West Richmond residents who frequent River Road during their daily commute will now be following a new route.

On Tuesday morning the city permanently closed a stretch of River Road that brought drivers around the Richmond Olympic Oval and then under the Dinsmore Bridge in favour of a new alignment.

The closure will allow Aspac Development to continue construction of its River Green Village, as well as allow the expansion of the city's waterfront park system.

"The realignment of River Road is a key component in Richmond's City Centre Transportation Plan," Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. "As well, it supports the planned further development of the Middle Arm Waterfront Park."

With the new alignment, new traffic signals have been introduced at the three-way stop at River Road and Hollybridge Way.

River Road will now flow over Gilbert Road and then re-connect with the existing Road on the east side of the Dinsmore Bridge.

How about users of the existing dyke path? Fear not: it will remain business as usual for pedestrians and cyclists.

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