North Gayton extension opens to traffic

The North Gayton Road Extension opened to traffic on Oct. 6, improving access to northwestern Henrico County and relieving traffic on Pouncey Tract Road and at West Broad Street’s intersection with Pouncey Tract and Pump roads.

Henrico Department of Public Works officials recommend that motorists use caution as they acclimate to the new road and traffic patterns. Some work by contractors will be ongoing.

The 2.1-mile project has provided a new, divided, six-lane road that extends North Gayton northward from West Broad. After a bridge crossing of Interstate 64, the North Gayton extension narrows to four lanes at a relocated Bacova Drive before linking to Pouncey Tract. In addition, Shady Grove Road has been widened to four lanes between Pouncey Tract and Twin Hickory Road.

The project includes sidewalks and pedestrian and bicycle paths, and, in some areas, curbs and gutters.

The $48 million North Gayton extension project has been funded entirely by Henrico through the bond referendum approved by county voters in 2005. It was pursued as a design-build project through the Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act, which allowed the contractor to plan and construct the road to the county’s specifications for a fixed price. The Board of Supervisors in September 2007 approved a contract with a group led by W.C. English of Lynchburg. Construction started in December 2009.

The North Gayton Extension is projected to carry as many as 15,000 vehicles per day.
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Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.
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Police release photo of hoax bomb

Henrico Police have released a photo of the clock that resembled a bomb that led to the arrest of a Richmond woman in Shot Pump earlier this week.

The device, which the woman told police she purchased at a yard sale, was visible in her car at the Whole Foods at West Broad Village May 19, and a passerby called police, fearing it was a real bomb. Police responded as they would have had the device been real, they said, because they weren't sure if it was real or not.
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Henrico school buses with compliance issue to be fixed this summer


The 176 Henrico school buses that have been purchased since March 2011 will be fixed during the summer, Henrico Schools spokesman Andy Jenks told the Citizen. The bus manufacturers will retrofit the buses at no cost to the school division, he said.

The brake interlock device is required on all automatic transmission buses in Virginia that were purchased after March 2011, which is when the device was added to the state Board of Education's requirements for school buses. As many as 4,000 school buses in the state may be affected, according to the Virginia Department of Education.
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The Tappahannock Rotary’s 14th Annual Andrew Reavis Memorial Croaker Tournament in the Rappahannock River will be held from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event typically draws anglers from throughout Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Anglers will compete for $4,500 in prize money. Boat entry fees are $125 before May 1 and $150 thereafter. The tournament headquarters will be at Garrett’s Marina in Center Cross. All proceeds after expenses are donated to charitable causes. For full details and to register and pay online, visit http://www.bigcroaker.com or www.tappahannockrotary.org/register.htm. Full text

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