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City of Richmond begins pilot program testing LED street lighting, soliciting citizen feedback online

The city is following in the footsteps of many larger cities that have swapped out traditional, orange-glowing bulbs for LEDs, which glow bright white, use significantly less energy, and last up to 18 years longer than their predecessors.

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As more and more cities convert their existing street lighting to LED bulbs, the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities is testing the technology as well. Recently, the department’s streetlight utility division has responded to suggestions made by citizens to move to the more environmentally friendly option and began testing lighting options in four areas of town.

Installation of the test lighting, which shines with a bright white glow and provides a more equal distribution of illumination, has taken place on Jefferson Davis Highway between Elton Street and N. Hopkins Road; Brook Road between Sherwood Avenue and Dubois Avenue; Forest Hill Avenue between Jahnke Road and Westover Hills Boulevard; and New Kent Avenue between Cedar Lane and W 45th Street.

The new lighting replaces the city’s standard HPS (high pressure sodium) streetlights, which burn on, average, between two and five years before needing replacement and emit a soft orange glow. LED lighting averages a 15 to 20 year lifespan, meaning investment in the new technology could save taxpayers money in replacement costs and energy costs once installation costs have been recouped.

The city is currently conducting an online survey soliciting citizen feedback on the new lights. It asks questions about the new lights’ hue, visibility, and whether they provide adequate lighting in order for citizens to feel safe crossing or traveling city streets.

The survey results may impact whether the pilot program is expanded or scrapped, but no word on whether the city intends to eventually replace all streetlights city-wide with LEDs. The Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority is currently replacing older filament bulbs along the Downtown Expressway (I-195) with LED lighting. Light poles along the toll road are not installed or managed by the Department of Public Utilities.

You can take the online survey here.

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Pipeline Update Work Continues

The hope is that work will finish up at the end of this month. Work is taking longer than expected.

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From RVAH20:

Our work continues! It’s progressing! And it’s slower than we thought it was going to be.

Our team is doing detailed, meticulous work with an abundance of care, and doing it right! They’ve also faced some less-than-ideal weather and river levels that were too high.

Our crew is essentially papier-mâché-ing a 43.13″ diameter elevated pipe located in the James River (one of our more tricky, but also more beautiful, work locations) with layers on layers of mesh and more mesh and different sized mesh and epoxy. Before all that, our crews clean each pipe segment with acetone wipes to allow for excellent adherence.

Most importantly, we are SO sorry for the delayed repair process at Pipeline–we know no one likes an elongated trail closure, but we can’t rush this important work.

We appreciate your patience as we complete these repairs to protect the James River and your health and safety when you visit this spot so many of us favor!
The latest we heard was a hope that repairs would be complete by the end of this month. We will keep you updated as we move toward that end-of-October target!
Following the completion of the repairs, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look. Only after we check our work and give it the green light will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
And, finally, an important reminder: all wastewater flows have been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking at Pipeline currently is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from rainfall.

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Carmela’s Turning Off Pizza Ovens for Good

Carmela has been serving up pizza in Shockoe Bottom for the past three years.

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Posted to Facebook yesterday:

To our dearest customers, after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you all for your support and love for Carmela’s pizza over the past 3 years!
We like to thank our whole Carmela’s team, past and present. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together and couldn’t have done it without your talent and great effort of everyone involved!!
We’re just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have opened such a beautiful pizzeria. This may not be a goodbye forever, but for now, it’s the right choice for our family.
Thank you again for the sweet memories and for allowing us to serve you RVALots of love,
Victor & Melinda
Carmela’s
Carmela’s was located on 3 N 17th Street.

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Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary, Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Vehicle

The incidents took place on West Marshall Street and Cutshaw Avenue.

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From RPD:

Suspect Sought in Commercial Burglary, Stolen Vehicle and Theft from Vehicle on West Marshall Street and Cutshaw Avenue

Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a commercial burglary, stolen vehicle and theft from a motor vehicle that occurred last month.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, a suspect stole tools from a work truck located in the 3100 block of West Marshall Street. Shortly after, a business in the 3100 block of Cutshaw Avenue was burglarized and a vehicle was stolen. The stolen vehicle was recovered in Henrico County. Photos of the suspect were captured on a surveillance video inside a local store. The photos of the suspect are attached, along with a stock photo of the sweatshirt and cap the suspect was wearing.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Third Precinct Detective H. Truong at (804) 646-1067 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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