Citizen Staff Reports 05/24/2013 Transportation
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) expects the remaining half of the new Huguenot Memorial Bridge to open to all traffic Tuesday, May 28, weather permitting. The opening would come three months ahead of schedule, according to VDOT officials.
The new bridge is wider than the old bridge and includes one 12-foot travel lane and one 10-foot shoulder in each direction. The wider shoulders will function as both an emergency breakdown lane and an area for cyclists to safely use the bridge. In addition, there will be a 5-foot wide sidewalk on each side for pedestrians.
“The contractor, localities and VDOT have been committed since day one to keep this project on schedule,” said District Administrator Tom Hawthorne. “We’re pleased those efforts have resulted in the bridge opening three months ahead of schedule.”
Citizen Staff Reports 06/28/2012 Transportation
At 10 p.m. tonight the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the existing Huguenot Bridge to traffic to allow crews to move barriers into position and install pavement markings at the approaches to the new bridge. VDOT expects preparations to be completed and traffic shifted to the new bridge by 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, weather permitting.
This milestone marks the halfway point for the $54.5 million bridge construction project, with approximately one year remaining until the wider and more bike/pedestrian-friendly bridge is complete.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/14/2012 Transportation
There will be alternating lanes closed on the north end of the Huguenot Memorial Bridge from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Crews will be removing guardrail and applying asphalt pavement for the upcoming transition to the new section of the Huguenot Bridge, weather permitting. Expect delays of up to five minutes as flaggers direct alternating lanes of traffic through the work zone.
Citizen Staff Reports 06/07/2012 Transportation
GRTC Transit System is now offering a new online trip planner service featuring Google Transit on http://www.ridegrtc.com .
Riders will no longer have to sort through timetables. They can simply enter the date and time they hope to arrive at their destination (or depart for the trip). The trip planner will provide three options, showing the amount of time and number of transfers for each option. This allows the rider to select the most convenient trip.
By Eileen Mellon, Special to the Citizen 06/05/2012 Transportation
Springtime is here, which means busy work for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District as pavement improvement season begins. For many motorists and Richmond area residents, this will mean smoother driving surfaces by year’s end but also some congestion and traffic along the way.
Repaving season usually extends between April and November. This year, VDOT will spend approximately $116 million to resurface 2,000 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region.
The state is responsible for road work on interstates and any road that carries a route number (such as West Broad Street/Route 250), while Henrico County is responsible for maintaining all other roads within its borders.
The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved seven contracts with a total value of $67.7 million for Richmond District construction and maintenance recently, including $18.5 million to resurface select primary routes in Henrico and four other counties. That work will take place between now and December.
A $3.3-million project for concrete patching on approximately seven miles of I-295 in Henrico (just north of the Varina-Enon bridge) will continue through October and involve several weekday single-lane closures and weeknight double-lane closures.
Additional projects planned this spring in the county include new pavement on Brook Road, New Market Road, Charles City Road and Pouncey Tract Road, as well as new pavement on a number of secondary routes.
Citizen Staff Reports 02/24/2012 Transportation
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for citizens to see street-level views of traffic accidents through a new feature on its website.
The DMV recently added the new feature to its interactive crash database using Google mapping functionality.
“”The new feature has a wide-range of benefits for safety advocates and the general public,” said DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb. “For example, if you are relocating to Virginia, you can use this feature to find out how many crashes, if any, happened on the street where you are moving.”
Citizen Staff Reports Transportation
The Virginia Department of Transportation will expand its Safety Service Patrol program to provide traffic control and help clear incidents in the Richmond metro area beginning next month. The program is widely used in northern Virginia, Fredericksburg and Hampton Roads; here it will include parts of Interstates 95, 64 and 295.
By Tom Lappas, Citizen Editor 02/13/12 Transportation
It took a number of years, but Richmond International Airport officials late last month finally were able to make an announcement they'd been working toward for years: Southwest Airlines is coming.
The airline announced that Richmond was among the 22 existing AirTran Airways markets that it would enter in the coming months. Southwest purchased AirTran last May and will convert its service to Southwest during a gradual phase-in period in those markets.
"Southwest is such an attractive airline for so many reasons," Richmond International Airport spokesman Troy Bell told the Citizen. "If they're in your market, your prices are more competitive. If you're focused on quality of life and economic development, then you want to be part of the Southwest route map."
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