A safer way across

Crews are working to make improvements to traffic signals and crosswalks on brook Road near St. Joseph’s Villa.
A project years in the making is beginning to make life easier for wheelchair-bound residents in Northern Henrico.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is completing a $2-million set of enhancements to the Brook Road corridor in front of St. Joseph's Villa and the Hollybrook Apartments, a community that is home to dozens of disabled residents.

One of those residents, Brian Montgomery, has led the charge for improvements to the corridor for 17 years – ever since he was struck and nearly killed by a car while attempting to cross Brook Road.

The improvements include:

• upgrades to the stoplights on Brook Road in front of the Villa (at Villa Park Drive adjacent to the Hollybrook Apartments and at the entrance to the Villa);

• upgrades to the pedestrian signals at both traffic lights – including the addition of video sensors on the ramps at both crossing points, which can help to detect wheelchairs and change the traffic lights to permit crossing;

• the implementation of wider ramps for wheelchair-bound travelers;

• the addition of new lighting at both traffic lights;

• drainage improvements in front of the Villa entrance to alleviate occasional pooling or flooding issues during heavy rains

The project also is making it even easier for wheelchair riders to trigger traffic signals to stop cars, through the addition of pedestrian signals on separate poles that are easier for some to reach than those on the traffic signal poles.

The project is the second VDOT has undertaken along the corridor. About four years ago, it finished a $3.2-million project that included the implementation of a new southbound travel lane and sidewalks along Brook Road, also designed in part to assist disabled commuters. Henrico County contributed $1 million to the efforts.

About 16,000 cars travel the stretch of Brook Road in front of the Villa daily, according to VDOT Project Manager Adam Brooks.

"My hope is that it is going to improve mobility across those intersections, make them safer,” he said. “What we're ultimately installing is a good fit for the population that uses those areas.”

Once the project is completed, sometime by or before October, residents of Hollybrook will be able to more safely travel along Brook Road from their homes all the way to Parham Road and even as far as J. Sergeant Reynolds’ Parham Road campus, Montgomery said.
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West End apartment fire injures 1

SEPT. 25, 10:30 A.M. – A West End apartment fire injured one person Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the third floor of the Chase Gayton apartment complex in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, near the intersection of Gaskins Road and Quioccasin Road, at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 24. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Sept. 25, 2017

Crime stoppers needs your help to solve a double homicide that occurred in the City of Richmond in June of this year.

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Richmond police officers responded to several calls for random gunfire in the 3600 block of Decatur Street. They arrived and found the victims, two males, Christian Singleton and Ketron Wells. The victims were outside on the ground lying near each other. Both victims had received fatal gunshot wounds. > Read more.

Richmond Astronomical Society to present night sky astronomy at Libbie Mill, Varina libraries

The Richmond Astronomical Society and Libbie Mill Library will host a presentation about the night sky and its astronomy Sept. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy amazing views of the moon and other celestial objects with high-quality telescopes operated by members of the Richmond Astronomical Society. Guests will be able to see craters and seas on the surface of the moon with clarity and detail. > Read more.

Henrico home sales continue on strong pace

The number of homes sold in Henrico County in August rose 10 percent when compared to the same month last year, according to data compiled by Long & Foster. The average sale price of those homes – $239,975 – also rose, by about 4 percent when compared to the same average sale price in August 2016.

Henrico's jump in the number of homes sold was the largest in the Richmond region, though average sales prices in Chesterfield (8 percent increase) and Richmond (12 percent) jumped by higher amounts when compared to last August sales. > Read more.

Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia

Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

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