Richmond Public Schools announced it will receive $3 million from the Commonwealth over 10 years to build a new public boat ramp that can accommodate up to 2,500 vehicles, the school district said.
The money is the first in a series of capital improvements at the district’s public schools.
Richmond Public Board Chairman Tom Muhlhausen said the ramp, which will open in 2019, will replace the old public boat ramps that were built in the late 1980s.
The ramps had been used only for emergencies.
“We want to make sure that we don’t have any incidents where we have people in the parking lot of the school,” Muhls said.
“That’s why we decided to upgrade the ramp so that it can handle more vehicles.”
The ramp is expected to open in 2020 and be a new option for Richmond students to park at the school.
The state Department of Transportation announced in November that the Virginia Department of Education will receive about $20 million for improvements at public schools in the state.
The funds will be used to hire more engineers, engineers and technicians to help design, build and maintain the ramp.
The Commonwealth also will pay for the cost of the new ramp to replace existing ramps at schools.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last week that it will provide $1.7 million to help Richmond public schools pay for repairs to public housing buildings in the area.
The agency will also work with the Richmond School District to offer financial incentives to improve the safety and accessibility of its buildings.