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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.

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.

Creighton Road bridge closing July 23 for repairs

Starting at 5 p.m. Monday, July 23, all travel lanes will be closed on Creighton Road at the bridge over the Chickahominy River just south of the I-295 interchange for repairs through December. Drivers should expect delays.

Huguenot Bridge closing overnight

At 10 p.m. tonight the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will close the existing Huguenot Bridge to traffic to allow crews to move barriers into position and install pavement markings at the approaches to the new bridge. VDOT expects preparations to be completed and traffic shifted to the new bridge by 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30, weather permitting.

This milestone marks the halfway point for the $54.5 million bridge construction project, with approximately one year remaining until the wider and more bike/pedestrian-friendly bridge is complete.

Huguenot Bridge traffic delays Saturday

There will be alternating lanes closed on the north end of the Huguenot Memorial Bridge from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Crews will be removing guardrail and applying asphalt pavement for the upcoming transition to the new section of the Huguenot Bridge, weather permitting. Expect delays of up to five minutes as flaggers direct alternating lanes of traffic through the work zone.

GRTC announces new trip planner

GRTC Transit System is now offering a new online trip planner service featuring Google Transit on http://www.ridegrtc.com .

Riders will no longer have to sort through timetables. They can simply enter the date and time they hope to arrive at their destination (or depart for the trip). The trip planner will provide three options, showing the amount of time and number of transfers for each option. This allows the rider to select the most convenient trip.

Repaving season underway in Henrico

Springtime is here, which means busy work for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Richmond District as pavement improvement season begins. For many motorists and Richmond area residents, this will mean smoother driving surfaces by year’s end but also some congestion and traffic along the way.

Repaving season usually extends between April and November. This year, VDOT will spend approximately $116 million to resurface 2,000 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the region.

The state is responsible for road work on interstates and any road that carries a route number (such as West Broad Street/Route 250), while Henrico County is responsible for maintaining all other roads within its borders.

VDOT planning several paving projects in county

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) approved seven contracts with a total value of $67.7 million for Richmond District construction and maintenance recently, including $18.5 million to resurface select primary routes in Henrico and four other counties. That work will take place between now and December.

A $3.3-million project for concrete patching on approximately seven miles of I-295 in Henrico (just north of the Varina-Enon bridge) will continue through October and involve several weekday single-lane closures and weeknight double-lane closures.

Additional projects planned this spring in the county include new pavement on Brook Road, New Market Road, Charles City Road and Pouncey Tract Road, as well as new pavement on a number of secondary routes.

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