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Current advisory

Traffic Alert 2: water main break on West Franklin Street


Traffic update (8:30 a.m.): Drivers can travel northbound on Harrison Street onto West Franklin Street to reach the 900 block of West Franklin. The 400 block of North Harrison Street is still blocked off.  Harrison Street is now blocked between Grace and Franklin Streets. 

There was a water main break at the 1000 block of West Franklin Street in downtown Richmond earlier today. The VCU Police Department is still assisting Richmond City Police with blocking off traffic.

Traffic Alert: water main break on Franklin Street


There is a water main break at the 1000 block of West Franklin Street in downtown Richmond. The break is between Ryland Street and North Harrison Streets.

The VCU Police Department is assisting Richmond City Police with blocking off traffic on West Franklin Street between North Lombardy and Harrison Streets.

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes during this morning’s commute. Updates will be posted as available.


VCU network access affected by power outage


Access to the VCU network and internet-based applications has been restored.

VCU network and Internet-based applications were affected by a power outage in downtown Richmond earlier today. University Internet users  experienced intermittent access issues throughout the afternoon.


It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.