Henrico County VA
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Virginia Capital Trail nears completion in Eastern Henrico


The Virginia Capital Trail, which will connect Virginia's past and present capitals across 52 miles (including along Route 5 in Varina) is one step closer to completion. Demolition crews are finishing the removal of silos at the Lehigh Cement site on the James River, just west of Rocketts Landing in the city.

The demolition of the site makes way for a portion of the path and brings VDOT and contractors closer to completing the trail. The goal from the beginning has been to have the trail completed by the UCI World Biking Championships, which will begin Sept. 19.

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.

2 replica grenades detected in baggage at RIC

A woman on her way from Richmond International Airport to San Juan, Puerto Rico by way of Atlanta this morning was delayed after Transportation Security Agency officials found two realistic-looking toy hand grenades in her luggage.

A TSA screener who noticed the plastic toys on the X-ray monitor at the checkpoint contacted the Capital Regional Airport Commission Police, who responded and confiscated the items. The woman missed her flight but was permitted to re-book on a later flight. There was no impact to airport operations.

North Gayton extension opens to traffic

The North Gayton Road Extension opened to traffic on Oct. 6, improving access to northwestern Henrico County and relieving traffic on Pouncey Tract Road and at West Broad Street’s intersection with Pouncey Tract and Pump roads.

Henrico Department of Public Works officials recommend that motorists use caution as they acclimate to the new road and traffic patterns. Some work by contractors will be ongoing.

The 2.1-mile project has provided a new, divided, six-lane road that extends North Gayton northward from West Broad.

Taxi fares from airport may increase by $2 per trip

It may soon cost a little more to grab a taxi from Richmond International Airport, but airport officials believe the extra fee will be worth it.

The Capital Region Airport Commission is asking Henrico and three other localities in the region to approve an additional $2 fee for taxi service that originates at the airport. Henrico's Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing Oct. 23 to consider a change to its county code that would permit the fee.

Henrico prepares for heavy traffic during NASCAR races Sept. 7-8

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will temporarily alter traffic patterns on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to accommodate fans attending the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 and Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR races on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8.

Motorists are advised to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area on both days, especially from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., before the races, and from 10:15 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., afterward.

Huguenot Bridge beam installations begin tonight

Starting tonight, construction crews will begin installing beams for the second half of the new Huguenot Memorial Bridge over the James River. The beam installations will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 7, weather permitting. There will be no beam installations on Labor Day.

For driver safety, traffic will be stopped periodically for up to 45 minutes each night as cranes lift 80,000 pound steel beams over the bridge and secure them into place on the new bridge. Huguenot Bridge traffic will resume between beam installations.

Danger of distraction

When training teen drivers, Deep Run High School driver’s education instructor Josh Aldrich uses a number of methods to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving, including having them finding the switch for the lights or cruise control.

Inevitably, they swerve a bit.

“It kind of hits home,” he said. “Then I say, ‘Now think about texting.’ That right there kind of sells it. Soon enough they’re able to find lights and go straight.”

Richmond Traffic Operations Center expands

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) recently expanded the Richmond Traffic Operations Center (TOC) in Chester. The size of the center’s video wall was doubled, allowing staff to better monitor traffic in VDOT’s Fredericksburg District, a portion of I-95 in the Hampton Roads District and all 14 counties and 4 cities in the Richmond District, including Henrico.

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