Transportation

Section of Virginia Road to close for a week

A portion of Virginia Road between Cole Boulevard and Lee Avenue will be closed to through traffic through approximately Thursday, Jan. 19 for the extension of sewer service to new home sites.

Residents of the affected area will be able to access their homes. Traffic will be detoured onto Richmond Avenue between Cole and Lee.

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.

RIC sets all-time record for April passenger count


Richmond International Airport had a record-breaking April. The airport reported that its total passenger count last month of 300,491 surpassed the previous record for April of 298,209, set in 2007.

“Richmond International Airport is pleased to see the trend of increased passenger traffic continue,” said Jon E. Mathiasen AAE, RIC president and CEO. “RIC has become the airport of choice for many travelers throughout Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region because the airport offers convenient and affordable air service options, and provides customers with a safe and enjoyable travel experience.”

RIC saw a 3.7 percent increase in total passengers versus the same period a year ago.

GRTC debuts new fare boxes


GRTC this week debuted a "mini fleet" of a new electronic fare box system on 10 buses. The new boxes eventually will be installed on all of GRTC's more than 150 buses by the end of April.

Both the new and old boxes will allow customers to pay fare as they would normally. New boxes still accept cash, Go cards, transfers and employee swipe cards.

Riders who have any questions should consult their drivers, visit http://www.ridegrtc.com or call GRTC's Customer Service Center at (804) 358-GRTC (4782).

Water main repairs to limit travel on Three Chopt near Forest Jan. 13-16

A section of the right westbound lane of Three Chopt Road near Forest Avenue will be closed from 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 through Friday, Jan. 16 while crews repair a 12-inch water main.

Three Chopt’s left westbound lane will remain open to traffic. Right turns onto Forest will be permitted through the work zone.

GRTC bus rapid transit public meetings scheduled

The GRTC Transit System was awarded a grant of $24.9 million to develop the GRTC Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will serve a 7.6-mile route from Rocketts Landing to Willow Lawn. The overall cost of the GRTC BRT Project will be supported with matching funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Phase I engineering and design activities are underway with on-the-street operation scheduled to start in October 2017.

The GRTC BRT Project team will present a status update, startup activities and long range timeline for the Project at two public meetings later this month.

GRTC’s ‘Where’s Santa?’ returns


GRTC will again thanks its transit riders with its annual "Where’s Santa?" event.

This week, from Dec. 16-19, the GRTC Santa will visit buses on different routes each day. Santa will greet each rider aboard and give each one a GRTC GoCard good for one free bus ride.

The routes and times of day that the GRTC Santa will appear are not being announced in advance.

Richmond woman caught with gun at RIC checkpoint

A Richmond woman was issued a summons after Transportation Security Officers caught her trying to bring a semi-automatic gun and three magazines with 18 rounds on board an airplane at Richmond International Airport Dec. 9. It was the third time so far this month that TSA officers have detected a gun at the airport’s checkpoint and the eighth gun that TSA officers have detected at the checkpoint so far this calendar year. The firearm was not loaded.

TSA officers detected the .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol along with three loaded magazine clips in the woman’s carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt into the checkpoint X-ray machine.

Where the sidewalk begins


With the addition of several hundred new homes built near Sadler Road in the Innsbrook area, traffic and pedestrian crossings are becoming concerns to some residents due to the narrowness of the road and heavy volume of vehicles.

But relief is on the way, according to Henrico County Public Works Director Steve Yob.

“We are currently planning the widening of Sadler Road between Dominion Boulevard and Cedar Branch Court,” Yob told the Citizen. “The project will include pedestrian facilities, such as sidewalks."

The county doesn’t provide street lighting except in special sanitary districts or at signalized intersections, Yob said.

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