Transportation

Henrico planners hear input on future of Route 5 corridor


Protecting the beauty that exists along the Route 5 corridor should development arrive 20 to 30 years from now is big concern for many Varina residents.

On June 8, Henrico County planners hosted a community input open house at Varina Library to receive input about the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study. The study is a part of the Henrico County 2026 Comprehensive Plan. It focuses on an area 500 feet on either side of the center line of Route 5 for its 13.75-mile length through the Varina District.

Northern, Eastern Henrico corridor upgrades progressing

JUNE 14, 10 A.M. – Upgrades to the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike will cost $31.5 million, and revitalization projects valued at just under $7 million in the Laburnum gateway region and Highland Springs areas have been completed, the Henrico County Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday evening.

The board received an update on the progress of the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike and revitalization projects in a special work session before its regular meeting.

Norfolk man arrested at RIC after TSA catches him with gun

A Norfolk man was arrested at Richmond International Airport May 18 after Transportation Security Administration officers detected a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the traveler’s carry-on bag.

A TSA officer detected the .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun inside the man’s carry-on bag as it passed through the security checkpoint X-ray machine. The handgun was loaded with 13 bullets.

Virginia celebrating ‘Bike to Work Week’ this week


The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is encouraging Virginians to participate in Bike to Work Week all week (May 15-19). The initiative is supported and recognized by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Bike to Work week encourages people to utilize biking as an alternative to driving alone to work.

“Bike to Work Week is an initiative for commuters to explore other travel options rather than congested roadways. It is also a great way to help ease commuter stress,” said Jennifer Mitchell, DRPT director.

A safer way across


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.

Gas prices hit highest point since January


The cost of regular unleaded gasoline in the Richmond region last week – $2.20 per gallon – reached its highest average cost since January, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The region's gas stations are switching from winter-blend to more expensive summer-blend gasoline, which contributes to the price increase.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at this time last year in the region was $1.86.

Prices in much of the Mid-Atlantic region have mirrored the rise in the national average during the past week, according to AAA officialsThe national average for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.39, seven cents more than a week ago, nine cents more compared to one month ago and 35 cents more than the same date last year.

Water system repairs to prompt lane closures Wednesday near Gayton, John Rolfe


Work to repair a leaking water main or valve will require lane closures beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 22 near Gayton Road and John Rolfe Parkway.

Westbound Gayton’s left turning lane and left through lane will be closed. Westbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane. Eastbound Gayton’s left through lane will be closed at John Rolfe. Eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right through lane.

JetBlue to double number of Richmond-Ft. Lauderdale flights


JetBlue Airways will add a second daily roundtrip between Richmond International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to its summer schedule, effective June 15. The two markets were first connected by JetBlue in 2008.

With the addition of the second Ft. Lauderdale flight, JetBlue will now provide nonstop service between Richmond and Boston (four departures per day) and Orlando (twice-daily service) in addition to Ft. Lauderdale.

Man cited with gun at Richmond International Airport checkpoint


A man was cited on state weapons charges after he was stopped by Transportation Security Administration officers at the Richmond International Airport checkpoint last week when TSA officers detected a 9 mm handgun among his carry-on items.

TSA officers immediately contacted the Richmond International Airport Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and cited the man on a weapons charge. The man told TSA officials that he forgot that he was carrying his gun with him in his carry-on bag. It was not loaded.

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