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Expect heavy traffic this week as high school graduation ceremonies take place at Siegel Center

Avoid the area around the Seigel Center if you’re in a hurry.

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School is almost out of the summer. With the end of the school year comes graduation, which means the Siegel Center and the surrounding streets will crowded with happy graduates and family. The downside is that traffic will be a little crazy for most of this week.

Details from VCU Police:

VCU Police, the Richmond Police Department and the Virginia State Police will have additional staffing to direct traffic at more than a dozen intersections, including those near Exit No. 76B (Belvidere Street) off Interstate 95 and along Belvidere and Broad streets west to Hermitage Road. Digital signage in the area will encourage local drivers to take alternate routes during peak travel times.

In addition, police will use traditional parking lanes along Broad Street, between Belvidere and Hermitage Road, as vehicular travel lanes from 6 a.m. on June 6 through midnight on June 17. No parking signs and towing enforcement will go into effect the morning of June 6.

Police will make accommodations for local businesses in the Broad Street corridor that need deliveries outside peak travel times for graduations. (Business owners and managers needing accommodations from police can contact VCU Police Officer Gregory Felton at [email protected].)

Tuesday, June 6

3 p.m., St. Gertrude

Wednesday, June 7

10 a.m., Thomas Dale (Chesterfield)

2:30 p.m., Midlothian (Chesterfield)

7 p.m., James River (Chesterfield)

Thursday, June 8

10 a.m., Monacan (Chesterfield)

2:30 p.m., Cosby (Chesterfield)

7 p.m., Manchester (Chesterfield)

Friday, June 9

10 a.m., Meadowbrook (Chesterfield)

2:30 p.m., LC Bird (Chesterfield)

7 p.m., Clover Hill (Chesterfield)

Saturday, June 10

10 a.m., ECPI

Tuesday, June 13

11 a.m., Godwin (Henrico)

3 p.m., Deep Run (Henrico)

7 p.m., Freeman (Henrico)

Wednesday, June 14

11 a.m., Glen Allen (Henrico)

3 p.m., Hermitage (Henrico)

7 p.m., Tucker (Henrico)

Thursday, June 15

11 a.m., Highland Springs (Henrico)

3 p.m., Varina (Henrico)

7 p.m., Henrico (Henrico)

Friday, June 16

7 p.m., New Kent (New Kent)

Saturday, June 17

8:30 a.m., Lee Davis (Hanover)

Noon, Hanover (Hanover)

3:30 p.m., Patrick Henry (Hanover)

7 p.m., Atlee (Hanover)

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photos: Faces of a Parade

We took some traditional parade photos but have decided to go a little more intimate and focus on the faces you see during the Dominion Christmas Parade.

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Virginia launches expanded rail service from Richmond to Washington and New York City

The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting.

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Recently, Governor Ralph Northam and Secretary Valentine joined DRPT and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) to launch expanded rail service from Richmond to Washington and cities along the Northeast corridor. The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 now offers early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting.

The new train is the first expansion of service under Governor Northam’s Transforming Rail in Virginia program to significantly expand rail infrastructure throughout the Commonwealth. The event ended with a ribbon-cutting and the inaugural train heading out of Main Street Station at 5:35 am with the Governor, state officials, and DRPT/VPRA staff on board. Early ridership numbers indicate healthy demand for the extended service.

The Transforming Rail in Virginia initiative is already receiving recognition throughout the country for its role in changing the future of transportation. At the District of Columbia’s Committee of 100’s bi-annual award ceremony, DRPT received a 2021 Vision Award recognizing the Transforming Rail in Virginia Program. Director Jennifer Mitchell accepted the award on behalf of DRPT, Governor Northam, and the Virginia General Assembly.

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Shockoe Illuminates Throws the Switch Tonight

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Shockoe Illuminates will be Dec. 3rd at the 17th Street Market. They’ll have local artisans with one-of-a-kind presents, boozy hot drinks provided by amazing restaurants, kids activities, carolers, roller skating, and more! Loads of information at the 17th Street Market Facebook.

 

Did you catch that there is roller skating?

We don’t need ice to have fun and skate! During Shockoe Illuminates on Dec. 3rd you can roller skate and then come back all weekend for more fun! $10 to rent skates or bring your own.
  • 12/3 5:00-9:00
  • 12/4 4:00-8:00
  • 12/5 3:00-7:00

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