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Richmond Traffic Operations Center expands

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently expanded the Richmond Traffic Operations Center (TOC) in Chester. The size of the center’s video wall was doubled, allowing staff to better monitor traffic in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District, a portion of I-95 in the Hampton Roads District and all 14 counties and 4 cities in the Richmond District, including Henrico.

The changes also improved the center’s backup generator capability and lighting to increase reliability during inclement weather and other emergencies; and reconfigured the work area to accommodate staff needed to dispatch units of the Safety Service Patrols.

The TOC operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week dispatching and coordinating functions for transportation emergencies within the 26 counties in central Virginia. Another significant responsibility is updating of accident, work zone, and road weather information, which flows to the public through VDOT’s 511 system. Staff at the Richmond TOC operate and maintain 54 traffic cameras, 15 permanent overhead variable message signs, 13 trailer-mounted variable message signs, six highway advisory radio sites and 10 pavement sensors.

For more information, visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/smart-traffic-center-richmond.asp.
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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