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Annual Spirit Walk will briefly close roads near VCU’s Siegel Center

Virginia Commonwealth University will host its annual New Student Convocation and Spirit Walk on Tuesday, Aug. 22. The VCU Police Department will close roads for an estimated 20 minutes to allow students to walk from the Stuart C. Siegel Center to the 900 and 1000 blocks of Floyd Avenue.

Starting at approximately 5:20 p.m., VCUPD will briefly close the eastbound and westbound lanes of West Broad Street at the north intersection of Harrison Street. (The exact start time and length of the closure are subject to change.)

The Spirit Walk route will continue south on Harrison Street, crossing Grace and Franklin streets, and then head east onto the 500 block of Park Avenue. The route will continue south on Linden Street and end at the intersection of Floyd Avenue and Linden Street.

VCU Police will briefly close Harrison Street between Broad Street and Grove Avenue to allow participants to walk the route. Police will block intersections along Harrison Street and will reopen streets for vehicular travel as soon as participants pass through. VCUPD officers will lead and follow Spirit Walk participants.

Floyd Avenue will be closed between Harrison and Cherry streets for a student block party until 8:30 p.m.

Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes through the area during this time. Suggested alternatives include Leigh Street, Cary Street, Interstate 95 or the Downtown Expressway.

The VCU Police Department is working with Richmond Police and other partners to minimize traffic congestion and ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.