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Nearly 90 Henrico roads closed by downed trees, power lines

Downed trees and power lines forced the closure of numerous intersections in Henrico, including this one at Three Chopt and Parham roads. (Photo by Zachary Halaschak/Henrico Citizen)
JUNE 17, LAST UPDATED 7:57 P.M. – Downed trees and power lines are responsible for nearly 90 road closures throughout Henrico County in the aftermath of last night’s storms.

As of 4:10 p.m., more than 84,000 of the 146,000 Dominion Power customers in Henrico still were without power, and many may not get it back for several days. Henrico Police are directing traffic at 26 major intersections in the county. Other intersections at which traffic signals are not functional should be treated as four-way stops.

Darbytown Road to close near railroad overpass beginning March 14

A section of Darbytown Road in Eastern Henrico will close March 14-18 and again March 21-25 while CSX Transportation performs maintenance on the railroad overpass.

Darbytown will close between Oakland Road and Louisa Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily while work is underway. Traffic will be routed from Oakland to Bickerstaff Road to New Osborne Turnpike/Newton Road to Hatcher Street and then onto Williamsburg Road.

Airport snow team earns recognition from National Guard


Major General Williams, Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard, recently presented certificates of recognition to RIC grounds crew members Chuck Sobrito, Jeremy Niles, Scott Walker, Sammy Hodges and Desmond Athey, for help and support during Winter Storm Jonas that blanketed the Richmond region in January. The snow team was able to help keep the aviation unit operational during the storm.

March 7 - 11 is ‘Virginia Telework Week’


The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) has declared Mar. 7-11 as "Virginia Telework Week," during which it is encouraging businesses in Virginia to allow qualifying employees to work from home at least one day that week. Individuals and businesses can also participate in Virginia Telework Week by visiting http://teleworkva.org and making a pledge.

Teleworking for even one day a week can provide multiple benefits, such as improving employee morale, decreasing turnover, increasing the pool of prospective employee candidates, decreasing harmful emissions in the environment and reducing traffic, according to DRPT officials.

Henrico supervisors consider taxicab ordinance adjustments

FEB. 25, 11:50 A.M. – Faced with the possible dissolution of the Capital Region Taxicab Advisory Board, officials from the four largest Metro Richmond localities are considering changes to their individual taxi ordinances to grant cab companies greater freedom from regulation, making it easier for them to compete with companies like Uber and Lyft.

In Henrico, the county's Board of Supervisors met Tuesday night to discuss potential changes to the county's ordinance, proposed by the Henrico Division of Police. Those changes would lessen regulatory issues for taxicab drivers – most notably by reducing the current yearly permit renewal process to just once every three years.

Safety enhancements planned for Parham, Shrader roads

A series of safety improvements at East Parham and Shrader roads will result in lane closures for two to four weeks, beginning Monday, Feb. 29.

The Henrico County Department of Public Works will be working in the intersection’s southwestern corner, across Shrader from Henrico’s Public Safety Building. The right eastbound lane of Parham and the adjoining right southbound lane of Shrader will be closed during construction.

Cyclists have their say


On a chilly Wednesday evening in Innsbrook earlier this month, more than 30 concerned Henrico citizens crowded into the Capital Ale House’s game room. But games were of little concern Feb. 10 during the first of four "Bike Walk Talks" (informal happy hours), at which Bike Walk RVA officials listened to what county citizens had to say about alternative forms of travel in Henrico.

Attendees at the first event this month – many of whom identified as avid cyclists and walkers – shared their desire for Henrico to adopt a plan similar to the Bikeways and Trails Plan approved by the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors in November. That 50-year plan calls for a 360-mile network of new bicycle pathways and trails, estimated at $360 million. Bike Walk RVA, a Sports Backers-sponsored bicycling and pedestrian advocacy group formed in 2012, presented the Chesterfield board with a list of more than 1,000 county residents’ signatures in support of the plan, which supervisors passed by a 3-2 vote.

Allegiant to begin twice-weekly flights to Jacksonville

Allegiant today announced that it will begin offering new nonstop jet service from Richmond to Jacksonville, Fla. April 15.

Flights will operate twice weekly – on Fridays and Mondays – between Richmond International Airport and Jacksonville International Airport. Flights will depart Richmond at 9:34 a.m. both days, and return flights will arrive in Richmond at 1:27 p.m. both days.

The new service will provide Richmond-area travelers with their only nonstop option to the Jacksonville area. Allegiant also provides nonstop service from RIC to two other destinations in Florida: Orlando/Sanford and St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

United to begin nonstop service from RIC to Denver


United Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop service between Richmond International Airport and Denver International Airport April 5. United will operate the Richmond-Denver flights with 76-seat Embraer EMB 175 aircraft.

“United’s new daily service to Denver provides customers from throughout Virginia’s Capital Region convenient access to Colorado’s largest city and home to one of United’s largest hub airports,” said Kellie Clough, United’s sales manager in Richmond. “We are proud to offer our customers numerous opportunities to visit Denver and make easy connections to cities throughout the western United States.”

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