Road improvement project begins at Richmond National Battlefield Park

Improvements to more than eight miles of roads and parking areas throughout the Richmond National Battlefield Park's battlefield units are beginning this week. The $2.2 million project will involve repaving and upgrading roadways that serve around 200,000 visitors to the park per year, as well as residential areas in Henrico and Hanover counties. A Richmond area contractor, Lane Construction, is slated to do the work, which will support more than 50 jobs in the region.

“Some of these roads were in extremely bad condition,” said park superintendent David Ruth. “So the park is glad to begin work on this project, which we know will benefit our community and local residents, as well as the visitors who come every day to experience the battlefields.”

Work will begin in the Fort Harrison area of southeastern Henrico County along Hoke-Brady and Battlefield Park roads. In most cases, road closures will not be required, although traffic may be narrowed to one lane as work proceeds in some areas. However, beginning on October 31, a short segment of Battlefield Park Road will need to be closed for several weeks for both reconstruction and repaving. Detour signs will be posted.

Other park areas to see road and parking improvements include the Cold Harbor tour road and the Gaines’ Mill and Beaver Dam Creek units in Hanover County, the Malvern Hill unit in Henrico, and the Parkers Battery unit in Chesterfield. Updates about park areas impacted by the improvement work will be posted on the park’s website: http://www.nps.gov/rich.
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New law paves way for delivery robots

Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous vehicles. Beginning July 1, “electric personal delivery devices” will be allowed to operate on sidewalks and other shared-use paths throughout Virginia.

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Virginia schools must soon test for lead in water

With the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, safe drinking water is a high priority nationwide, especially for children. Beginning July 1, schools in Virginia will be required to test their potable water for lead.

Senate Bill 1359, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law on March 20, seeks to ensure that local school boards test the drinking water in schools and that it meets federal guidelines. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that the level of lead not exceed 15 parts per billion. > Read more.

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The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) has announced its officers and Board of Directors for the 2017–18 fiscal year. At-large Board members include: Anne B. Hagen, CPA, of Masonic Home of Virginia in Henrico. The officers and directors were sworn in at the VSCPA’s annual business meeting on May 16 in Williamsburg. > Read more.

Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA. > Read more.

State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

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The Rockville Community Center, located at 16238 Pouncey Tract Rd., will hold its second annual Spring Fling Fundraising Event from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include fire safety demonstrations, a silent auction, vintage tractors and classic cars on display, goats and alpacas, games, face painting, a bouncy house, food and more. The gym, pool and tennis courts will be open for all to enjoy. Admission is $5 per person; food extra. All are welcome. Full text

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