Hope Tevis Valley Improvement Project

Project Updates:

Click here to review any current road closures.

  • Week of September 5, 2022 - Road striping will take place on Valley this week.
  • August 8, 2022 - Repaving on Valley Avenue (Tevis to Middle Rd) and Tevis Street (Valley to cul-de-sac) begins 8/9/22 and is expected to take approx. two weeks. No road closures are planned, but lanes will be blocked where work is occurring. (Update 8/24/22: Work on Tevis is complete. Valley Ave, north of Tevis, is finished. Only thing left is striping. Work continues on Valley south of Tevis due to encountering more rock than expected while digging for piping.)
  • June 1, 2022 - New section of Hope Drive opens following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 am (open to the public, meet at the intersection of Hope Drive and Wilson Blvd).
  • May 11, 2022 - Final paving of Hope Drive (Valley Avenue to Pleasant Valley Road) is underway and expected to wrap up by the middle of next week. Weather permitting, the road will reopen by the end of May. Once, additional work will be done to demolish the existing section of Papermill Road no longer in use and complete the plantings in the new stormwater facility. 
  • November 2, 2021
    • (Hope Drive) - Continue to wait for CSX to install the new railroad crossing that was supposed to be completed in August 2021. Unfortunately, the City has no control or authority over their schedule and cannot force them to complete the work. The rest of the work is proceeding, including the excavation of the large stormwater management pond.
    • (Valley Avenue) - Street repaving and new sidewalk installation from south of York Avenue to the Rubbermaid/Creekside entrance has been completed. The remaining 400-foot section south of the Rubbermaid entrance will be completed in November 2021 (weather permitting). Work continues on the new drainage system and sidewalks north of York and on Tevis Street. A significant amount of rock was encountered that slowed progress.
  • September 14, 2021 - Tevis Street (Bradford Court apartments to access to Panera Bread from Papermill Rd) to close permanently
  • July 1, 2021 - Papermill reopened to thru traffic
  • March 8-June 30, 2021 - Detours activated. Click here for the map (PNG).
  • January 11, 2021 - Construction to begin
  • September 2020 - Contract awarded to the lowest responsive bidder, Perry Engineering Company (Hope/Tevis) and Arthur Construction (Valley)
  • August 2020 - Three bids were received. Once the bids are reviewed and a contractor selected, construction is expected to begin in fall 2020.
  • November 22, 2016 - Council approved the projects (view agenda)
  • November 8, 2016 - Council discussed projects (view agenda)
  • July 19, 2016 - Public Open House held to solicit community feedback

Project Overview

Estimated completion date for both projects is summer 2022. For both projects, there will be traffic delays, lane closures and some streets in the project area will be closed during certain periods. One lane of traffic in each direction will always be maintained on Valley Avenue and access will be maintained to all businesses in the project areas during their regular business hours. Please drive safely in these work zones.

Valley Avenue Improvements ($8.9M):

  • Construct sidewalks and curb and gutter where none exists to complete sidewalk connectivity between the southern city limits and Middle Road
  • Add/improve a significant amount of stormwater infrastructure where needed, especially near the intersection with Tevis Street.
  • Replace water and sewer mains where necessary

Northern Portion Schematic (PDF 22 MB)

Southern Portion Schematic (PDF 22 MB)

Public Open House Design Brochure

Video Overview:

Hope Drive Extension and Tevis Street Cul-de-sac ($8.3M):

  • Extend Hope Drive to Pleasant Valley Road that will include a new railroad crossing
  • Re-align Papermill Road to connect with Hope Drive and remove the existing Papermill Road railroad crossing
  • Convert Tevis Street into a cul-de-sac east of Bradford Court and remove the existing Tevis Street railroad crossing
  • Create a large stormwater management pond to meet state/federal regulations
  • Replace water and sewer mains where necessary

Schematic (PDF 7.3 MB)

Public Open House Design  Brochure

Video Overview:

Option Benefit Comparison:

The following table summarizes the estimated long-term financial benefits the City will achieve with adding a cul-de-sac at Tevis instead of realigning it to connect with Papermill Road.

monetary savings for option 2

Future Stormwater Benefits: 

For the cul-de-sac option, the size of the stormwater management pond that will be constructed adjacent to the CSX railroad tracks can be much larger than in the realignment option. This will allow the City to utilize the additional nutrient management credits that will be generated from the larger pond to meet future stormwater regulation requirements related to the Chesapeake Bay initiatives. The estimated cost to build a separate stormwater management pond in another location to obtain the same amount of the additional nutrient credits would be approximately $1.5 million.

Proposed Project Schedule (for both Valley Ave and Hope Dr):

Task Completed by
Begin Right-of-Way Acquisitions March 2017
Utility Relocations January 2018
Funding Received 2020
Begin Construction January 2021
Road Re-opened June 2022