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Gas prices up 4 cents in region since yesterday

SEPT. 20, 11 A.M. – A break in a Colonial Pipeline pipeline in Alabama is resulting in higher gas prices locally.

The line, which supplies oil to much of the East Coast, broke Sept. 9. The company has completed a bypass line, which will allow it to restart the flow of oil tomorrow. But in the meantime, a number of southern states have experienced overnight jumps in the cost of gasoline, as availability dwindles.

Summit leaders champion safe driving


Since her mother was killed in 2008 by a driver talking on his cell phone, Jennifer White has traveled the country visiting distracted driving summits.

She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, 20/20, Katie Couric, CNN, Fox News and more to advocate for safe, distraction-free driving and the prevention of additional devastating loss of life.

At the Second Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, held Sept. 15-16 at the Westin Hotel Richmond in Henrico County, White announced that Virginia has by far the best summit of all she has attended.

Travelers can enroll in TSA PreCheck at Richmond International Airport

A temporary enrollment site for the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program will be open inside the Richmond International Airport terminal during the last two weeks in October for individuals who sign up in advance to enroll in the TSA's expedited screening program. The in-person appointment typically takes less than 10 minutes.

Enrollment in TSA PreCheck enables U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to participate in the expedited screening program that allows air travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on, in select airport screening lanes.

Traffic patterns to change near RIR for races

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will temporarily alter traffic patterns on roads around Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to accommodate fans attending the NASCAR races Friday, Sept. 5 and Saturday, Sept. 6.

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 1 a.m., afterward.

Paver truck overturns, blocks lanes in the West End

UPDATE: AUG. 21, 11 A.M. – A paver truck overturned at the intersection of Mayland Drive and Gaskins Road shortly before 10 a.m. this morning in a single-vehicle incident.

No injuries were reported in the accident, but the truck spilled hydraulic fluid, in addition to the load it was carrying.

Northbound lanes on Gaskins Road and westbound lanes on Mayland Road are blocked while cleanup takes place.

River Road entrance at UR Drive to reopen Aug. 16

The River Road entrance to the University of Richmond at UR Drive will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Mountain Road to be closed at railroad tracks Aug. 18-22

Mountain Road in northwestern Henrico County will be closed at the railroad tracks from 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 22 while CSX works on the crossing.

Southwest to complete its Richmond conversion

Southwest Airlines will complete its full conversion in the Richmond market Aug. 10 when it launches service to Atlanta, taking over the route from its AirTran subsidiary.

Southwest will serve the Richmond-Atlanta route with larger aircraft than AirTran uses. The low-cost carrier will fly 143-seat Boeing 737 jets on that route, replacing AirTran's 117-seat jets.

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.

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