Henrico County VA

Transportation board releases draft 6-year program

Funding proposed for several Henrico projects
Funding to widen stretches of Interstate 64 from Henrico to Goochland and money to begin preliminary engineering work to improve the Parham Road-Patterson Avenue intersection are included in the draft 2012-17 Six-Year Improvement Program (SYIP) released by the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) this week.

The new SYIP includes more than 900 projects recommended for funding through Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation legislation adopted by the 2011 General Assembly and signed into law earlier this week.

The program would propose funding the widening 4.5 miles of I-64 east and west from Route 288 in Short Pump to the Route 623 interchange in Goochland County. Other local projects included in the funding proposal include:

• preliminary engineering and design for the relocation of 1.5 miles of Springfield Road between Nuckols Road and Staples Mill Road;

• the replacement of three Route 360 bridges over the Chickahominy River in Henrico and one in Hanover;

• widening Route 10 in Chesterfield from Ware Bottom Springs Road to Meadowville Road;

• engineering and design work to prepare for the widening of Route 360 in Hanover between Lee Davis Road and Walnut Grove Road;

• the replacement of the Route 609 bridge at Amelia/Powhatan line;

• widening Route 711 and replacing the bridge at the Chesterfield/Powhatan line. 

“Over the last several years, the Commonwealth Transportation Board has cut more than $4 billion from its program,” McDonnell said. “At the same time, our roads and bridges have continued to deteriorate and congestion and demand for alternative modes of transportation have continued to grow. Thanks to the bipartisan support of this year’s transportation package, we will make an upfront investment in restoring our transportation system and addressing these critical needs. This infusion of funds will help accelerate or complete the more than 900 projects I recommended as part of the package. These projects will benefit all regions of the Commonwealth, both rural and urban, and will help provide jobs for thousands of Virginians in desperate need of work without raising taxes.”

The draft SYIP consists of a construction program totaling $10.4 billion, with $8.1 billion for VDOT and $2.3 billion for the Department of Rail and Public Transportation. In addition to funding major interstate, public-privat, and mass transit projects, the SYIP also would fund needs on the primary, secondary and urban systems for the first time in several years. 

Funding for the transportation package includes $1.8 billion in Capital Project Revenue (CPR) Bonds, $1.1 billion of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) Bonds and $283 million for the capitalization of the Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank funds (VTIB).  The CPR Bonds will be issued during the next three years, with $600 million in fiscal years 2011-2013. The GARVEE Bonds will also be issued during the next three fiscal years.

The CTB board will accept public comment on the plan during a public hearing May 18 at the Virginia Department of Transportation office located at 1221 East Broad Street in Richmond. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

Following public hearings around the state, the CTB will vote on a final plan on June 15 for the July 1 fiscal year.
 
To view the draft SYIP, visit http://syip.virginiadot.org For d.etails about other CTB actions, visit http://www.ctb.virginia.gov/meetings.asp For d.etails about VDOT projects and programs, visit http://www.VirginiaDOT.org.
 
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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