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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.

Transportation board, commissioner approve contracts for Henrico work

In March and April, the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner of Highways Greg Whirley approved several contracts affecting Henrico County.

The CTB issued a contract to American Infrastructure - VA Inc. of Glen Allen for $7.7 million to mill and pave various sections of I-95 south between mile marker 94 in Hanover County and Parham Road (mile marker 83) in Henrico County; work began recently and will be completed in November.

Southwest to arrive Nov. 3

UPDATED: 12:45 P.M. – It was, perhaps, only a formality, but today's announcement that Southwest Airlines will begin serving Richmond International Airport Nov. 3 with daily flights to Orlando still was cause for celebration at the airport.

"It's been a long time coming," airport spokesman Troy Bell told the Citizen. "We, of course, are thrilled. We're very happy for the community. It's great news and one more important step."

Southwest, which acquired AirTran Airways in 2011 and finalized that transaction early last year, had announced in January 2012 that it would eventually enter the Richmond market as part of that acquisition. (AirTran has served Richmond since 2005.)

JetBlue Expands Richmond-Boston Service

JetBlue will begin offering a third daily nonstop flight from Richmond to Boston beginning May 1. The airline cited increased demand as the reason for the addition. The three flights will leave Richmond daily at 8:50 a.m., 1:21 p.m. and 6:28 p.m. The flights utilize Embraer 190 aircraft, full-size 100-passenger jets.

Bridge, repaving projects planned in Henrico

Three bridge structures will be replaced and sections of I 95, Brook Rd. and some secondary routes will be resurfaced in Henrico County in the coming months.

Among the bridge replacements recently approved by the Commonwealth Transportation Board are three on Route 360 crossing the Chickahominy River in Henrico County; a fourth bridge in the group is located in Hanover. The bridges were built in 1923 and widened in 1941 and 1970. Expected project completion is Nov. 25, 2014.

Water main repairs to reroute traffic on portion of Forest Avenue

Northbound Forest Avenue between Franklin Farms Drive and a point just north of Discovery Drive will be closed about two weeks beginning Monday, March 11 for water main repairs.

Northbound traffic on Forest will be diverted to the road’s southbound lanes, which will accommodate two-way traffic.

Bus drivers needed; job fair Jan. 17

Henrico County Public Schools is seeking new bus drivers and encouraging interested candidates to attend the Jan. 17 HCPS Bus Driver Job Fair. The fair will be held in the Community Room at Henrico County Eastern Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Rd., with both morning (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) and evening (5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) sessions available.

Members of HCPS Human Resources and Pupil Transportation will be on hand to conduct preliminary interviews and to provide information about the application process and employee benefits.

Weekday tolls to rise on 895

The new year will bring a weekday toll increase to the Pocahontas Parkway, effective Thursday, Jan. 3.

Two-axle vehicles such as cars, SUVs and pickup trucks passing through the Pocahontas 895 main plaza will pay an extra quarter for weekday travel, although tolls will remain the same for two-axle vehicles passing through the Main Plaza on weekends.

New signage planned in Lakeside corridor

Two corridors in Northern Henrico soon will receive new permanent signage to welcome travelers.

Signs are expected to be erected by the end of the month at points on both ends of Lakeside Avenue and one location on nearby Brook Road. The county’s Department of Community Revitalization has spearheaded the efforts to design and purchase the signs.

The Lakeside signs – each eight feet tall and made of aluminum – will display the Lakeside “wheel” logo that has been used in recent years by the Lakeside Business Association.

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