Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives.
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Airport’s Bell receives Virginia Department of Aviation award


Troy Bell, Richmond International Airport's director of marketing and air service development, recently received the 2017 Virginia Department of Aviation Person of the Year Award, in recognition of his contributions to marketing and communications, air service expansion, and state and local tourism initiatives on behalf of the Capital Region Airport Commission.
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Henrico seeks input on transit

Citizens may weigh in on short-, long-term future of bus service

Should public transit service in Henrico be designed primarily to serve the people most likely to use it?

Or should it be available to a broad geographic portion of the county, even if many of those areas don't produce many riders?
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GRTC bus rapid transit public meetings scheduled

The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month.
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Richmond woman caught with gun at RIC checkpoint

A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.

TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine.
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Where the sidewalk begins

Some new pedestrian walkways are planned in Henrico

With the addition of several hundred new homes built near Sadler Road in the Innsbrook area, traffic and pedestrian crossings are becoming concerns to some residents due to the narrowness of the road and heavy volume of vehicles.

But relief is on the way, according to Henrico County Public Works Director Steve Yob.

“We are currently planning the widening of Sadler Road between Dominion Boulevard and Cedar Branch Court,” Yob told the Citizen. “The project will include pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks."

The county doesn’t provide street lighting except in special sanitary districts or at signalized intersections, Yob said.
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Allegiant to begin nonstop service from RIC to Tampa Bay

Richmond International Airpport is adding a new carrier beginning in February.

Allegiant announced that it would begin offering nonstop flights between Richmond and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport in Florida Feb. 13. The new service will operate twice weekly.The company also will offer travelers the chance to book air, hotel, car and attraction reservations together.
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Summit leaders champion safe driving


Since her mother was killed in 2008 by a driver talking on his cell phone, Jennifer White has traveled the country visiting distracted driving summits.

She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, Katie Couric, CNN, Fox News and more to advocate for safe, distraction-free driving and the prevention of additional devastating loss of life.

At the Second Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, held Sept. 15-16 at the Westin Hotel Richmond in Henrico County, White announced that Virginia has by far the best summit of all she has attended.
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Travelers can enroll in TSA PreCheck at Richmond International Airport

A temporary enrollment site for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program will be open inside the Richmond International Airport terminal during the last two weeks in October for individuals who sign up in advance to enroll in the TSA's expedited screening program. The in-person appointment typically takes less than 10 minutes.

Enrollment in TSA PreCheck enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to participate in the expedited screening program that allows air travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes.
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Paver truck overturns, blocks lanes in the West End

UPDATE: AUG. 21, 11 A.M. – A paver truck overturned at the intersection of Mayland Drive and Gaskins Road shortly before 10 a.m. this morning in a single-vehicle incident.

No injuries were reported in the accident, but the truck spilled hydraulic fluid, in addition to the load it was carrying.

Northbound lanes on Gaskins Road and westbound lanes on Mayland Road are blocked while cleanup takes place.
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Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

JetBlue to add Boston flights
Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets.
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Capital Trail project taking shape in Varina


Construction of two sections of the Virginia Capital Trail – which will connect Virginia’s past and present capitals, while also promoting recreation, alternative transportation and economic development – is underway along the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico County.

Citizens can expect to see heavy construction along the corridor until the September 2015 completion date. Sixteen miles of the trail between Richmond and Williamsburg are completed; just half a mile of that total is in Richmond, at its end point along Dock Street.
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UR’s River Road entrance to be closed May 13 through the summer

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.

The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department.
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Henrico transportation projects funded

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO) earlier this month selected eight Henrico transportation projects to receive federal funding during the next six years.

Henrico’s transportation projects are just one part of a series of statewide projects that will receive over $140 million in federal funds during that time. In total, the Henrico projects are estimated to receive $24.2 million of that money between Fiscal Years 2015 and 2020.

The projects include:

• improvements to Dabbs House Road, from Nine Mile Road to Creighton Road;

• improvements to Sadler Road, from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Grove Road;
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Amtrak station parking expansion plans progress


Relief is on the way for the crowded Amtrak station parking lot on Staples Mill Road.

A nearly five-acre expansion to the lot could begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2015. The Virginia Department of Transportation has purchased five parcels of land adjacent to the station and is under contract on two other adjacent parcels, which should close later this spring, VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said.
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