Pocahontas 895 ending overnight cash payments at main toll

Overnight commuters who use Pocahontas 895 in Varina no longer will be able to pay tolls at the main toll plaza by cash. Beginning July 31, those who pass through the toll between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily must pay either by E-Z Pass or Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards.
 
“This is a continuation of our upgrade of our electronic toll collection system,” said Kevin Longenbach, vice president of operations and development for Transurban (895) LLC and manager of Pocahontas 895. “We’re already offering cashless payment convenience at our Laburnum and Airport Connector road ramps. And about half of our customers already pay using E-ZPass.”
 
Longenbach suggested that drivers who don't already use E-Z Pass should consider the switch.

“E-ZPass is the easiest and quickest way to pay a toll on Pocahontas 895,” he said. “Electronic payments are convenient and safe. They eliminate the need to keep cash in the car and reduce distractions as drivers don’t need to search for the correct coin combination.”
 
The automated toll equipment will not accept cash, debit cards that require use of a PIN, or any card other than Visa or Mastercard. Cash will still be accepted at the main toll plaza between 5 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily.
 
Customers who need any assistance with the automated toll equipment can call Pocahontas 895 at 822-3458 (or toll free at 1-866-428-6339). Those telephone numbers are posted on informational signage at all of the automated toll machines.
 
For details about E-ZPass, call 1-877-762-7824 or visit http://www.ezpassva.com.
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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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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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