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No one injured during fiery morning wreck on I-295

UPDATE: JUNE 30, 12:02 P.M. – No one was injured during a fiery two-tractor trailer accident on Interstate 295 North near the Pocahontas Parkway in Varina this morning.

Henrico Fire units responded to the scene near mile marker 25 on I-295 North at 8:19 a.m. and found both tractor trailers off the road and down an embankment, with one on fire.

GRTC seeks advisory group members


GRTC Transit System is starting a volunteer advisory group, the GRTC Transit System Advisory Group (TAG) to make recommendations for solutions to problems that are identified.

Members of the public are invited to apply for one of 10 spots in the group, which will meet four times a year. In addition to three at-large members, two members will be selected from Henrico, along with two from Richmond, two from Chesterfield and one from Petersburg.

Capital Trail project taking shape in Varina


Construction of two sections of the Virginia Capital Trail – which will connect Virginia’s past and present capitals, while also promoting recreation, alternative transportation and economic development – is underway along the Route 5 corridor in Eastern Henrico County.

Citizens can expect to see heavy construction along the corridor until the September 2015 completion date. Sixteen miles of the trail between Richmond and Williamsburg are completed; just half a mile of that total is in Richmond, at its end point along Dock Street.

GRTC bus rapid transit meetings planned

The Greater Richmond Transit Company and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will present their draft plan for bus rapid transit service along a 7.6-mile corridor generally along Broad Street corridor between Rocketts Landing and Willow Lawn during meetings May 20 and 21 in Richmond.

The goal of BRT is to improve transit service and overall mobility on Broad Street and provide the community with better access to employment, retail, education and healthcare.

UR’s River Road entrance to be closed May 13 through the summer

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will be closed May 13 through summer 2014 to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Employees and visitors to campus may access campus at the Westhampton Gate entrance on College Road or the north entrance at Campus Drive and Gateway Road, accessible from Towana Road and Boatwright Drive.

The south-campus area near River Road will undergo major changes over the summer months, said Bill Powell, project manager in the university’s facilities department.

Henrico transportation projects funded

The Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RAMPO) earlier this month selected eight Henrico transportation projects to receive federal funding during the next six years.

Henrico’s transportation projects are just one part of a series of statewide projects that will receive over $140 million in federal funds during that time. In total, the Henrico projects are estimated to receive $24.2 million of that money between Fiscal Years 2015 and 2020.

The projects include:

• improvements to Dabbs House Road, from Nine Mile Road to Creighton Road;

• improvements to Sadler Road, from Dominion Boulevard to Cedar Grove Road;

Miller Road to be closed at railroad crossing March 11-13

A portion of Miller Road will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 to mid-afternoon Thursday, March 13 for repairs to the CSX railroad crossing.

The work by CSX will prohibit travel on Miller between Charles City Road and Seven Hills Boulevard. Message boards will alert motorists of the closure. South Laburnum Avenue and South Airport Drive provide alternate routes between Charles City and Seven Hills.

Amtrak station parking expansion plans progress


Relief is on the way for the crowded Amtrak station parking lot on Staples Mill Road.

A nearly five-acre expansion to the lot could begin later this year and be completed by the summer of 2015. The Virginia Department of Transportation has purchased five parcels of land adjacent to the station and is under contract on two other adjacent parcels, which should close later this spring, VDOT spokeswoman Lindsay LeGrand said.

Summit spotlights dangerous driving habits

A commuter train runs a red light in Los Angeles and collides with a freight train, killing 25 and injuring 135.

A helicopter runs out of gas and crashes a mile short of landing while on a medical flight in Missouri, killing the pilot, the patient, and two medical personnel.

A tractor trailer driver veers out of his lane and crosses the median in Kentucky, killing 11 -- including eight members of a family traveling to a wedding.

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