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Construction set to begin soon on roundabout at Woodman and Greenwood Roads, first of several in Henrico

The Woodman-Greenwood intersection will be converted into a single-lane roundabout, connecting with an extension of Woodman to U.S. 1. It’ll be the first roundabout built by the county; several others have been built privately. Construction is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2021.

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Construction is expected to begin in March on a roundabout at Woodman and Greenwood roads — the first of several planned in Henrico County to promote safe, efficient traffic flow.

The Henrico Board of Supervisors on Dec. 10 approved a $3.5 million contract with Abernathy Construction Corp. for the project. The company submitted the lowest of 10 bids.

The Woodman-Greenwood intersection will be converted into a single-lane roundabout, connecting with an extension of Woodman to U.S. 1. It’ll be the first roundabout built by the county; several others have been built privately. Construction is expected to wrap up in summer 2021.

A roundabout was recommended following a study that considered traffic flow, safety, property impacts and costs, said Todd Eure, assistant director of the Department of Public Works (DPW).

A traffic engineering consultant considered road improvements with a 1.3-mile eastward extension of Woodman. HHHunt is funding much of the extension, which will connect to Jeb Stuart Parkway, near U.S. 1, to support its River Mill development.

“The outcome of the study supported a roundabout at that location in part because of the proximity to the Interstate 295 interchange, so you don’t have traffic back up at peak times,” Eure said.

In addition to promoting steady traffic flow, roundabouts reduce the number and severity of accidents because they encourage lower speeds and virtually eliminate the possibility of high-speed, head-on or right-angle collisions, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

Motorists should maintain a speed of 20 mph or less as they approach and pass through the Woodman-Greenwood roundabout, according to DPW.

Because they function without traffic signals, roundabouts also do not present a hazard when electricity is out.

DPW recognizes that some local drivers may have limited experience with roundabouts.

“Our approach is that, if properly designed and located, single-lane roundabouts are pretty quick for drivers to learn and to navigate,” Eure said.

Motorists should follow simple rules when approaching a roundabout:

  • Slow down;
  • Follow arrow signs and get in the appropriate lane to exit the roundabout;
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists;
  • Yield to traffic in the roundabout that’s to the left;
  • Remain in the lane and use the right turn signal to indicate an intention to exit;
  • Do not pass trucks, because they need extra space; and
  • Clear the roundabout to allow emergency vehicles to pass.

Henrico has identified four additional intersections for roundabouts:

  • At Sadler Road and Old Sadler Road/Innslake Drive, under design and scheduled for construction in 2021.
  • At Sadler Road and Sadler Grove Road, under design and scheduled for construction in 2021.
  • At Sadler Road and Sadler Place, undergoing a feasibility review and tentatively scheduled for construction in 2021 or 2022.
  • At Williamsburg Road and Beulah Road/Nine Mile Road, identified but not yet funded.

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Richmond Police seek missing Northside woman last seen in Washington, D.C.

Candis H. Bellah, 32, is missing from the 3800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Bellah was last seen in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 16 and was expected to return to Richmond on that same day but has not been seen.

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From Richmond Police:

The Richmond Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing person.

Candis H. Bellah, 32, is missing from the 3800 block of Chamberlayne Avenue. Bellah was last seen in Washington, D.C. on Monday, March 16 and was expected to return to Richmond on that same day but has not been seen.

Anyone with information on Bellah is asked to call Detective A. Darnell at (804) 363-0878 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels offer digital field trip for Richmond-area students

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels have made their 2020 Education Day curriculum available for Richmond-area students online as a “digital field trip.” The new website includes baseball-themed learning activities for students in grades K-5.

The Education Day activities website can be found here.

The Flying Squirrels annually host Education Days at The Diamond as a learning-centered field trip to a game for schools around the Richmond region. The team has made their 2020 Education Day curriculum, broken down by grade level, available to families and students with schools closed for the rest of the academic year.

“In these unprecedented times, it is still our responsibility to be impactful in our communities, and especially with our future: the kids,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We are very proud of this wonderful work and hope children and parents alike enjoy learning from this information.”

The Education Day curriculum was designed by a Henrico County educator and incorporates state-mandated objectives. The website includes hands-on activities, educational videos, word problems, printable activity sheets and more that align with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives taught to elementary students throughout the school year.

The Flying Squirrels are encouraging participating families to share pictures of their children completing the activities with the team on their Facebook page.

In an effort to practice safe social distancing and best ensure the health and of the Flying Squirrels family, the team’s front offices and team store are currently closed. Fans looking to reach out to the Flying Squirrels front office can find information here and are encouraged to interact on social media through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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GRTC bans unaccompanied minors, joyriding on buses during coronavirus outbreak

Minors going to/from work permitted to ride; all passengers are limited to a single one-way trip at a time; “joyriding” prohibited.

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Effective immediately, GRTC is banning unaccompanied minors from riding GRTC during the COVID-19 emergency. Solo minors in work uniforms or with their employee badges are permitted to ride GRTC to/from work. Until further notice, customers are not allowed to remain on-board a single bus beyond their one-way trip. No extended rides on a single vehicle will be allowed.

With the closure of schools and recent pleasant Spring weather, GRTC is experiencing an increase in riders – especially minors – riding GRTC in groups and for nonessential trips, counter to local, state, and federal guidance to limit travel only for essential purposes.

GRTC Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm says, “Immediately after suspending fares, our ridership jumped by several thousand trips a day. Some were kids out of school with energy to burn and some were people wanting to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. But some were budget-conscious people looking for employment, making trips to the grocery store, or going to the doctor. While overall daily ridership is still well below normal levels, we need to take additional measures for those who desperately need our service during this crisis.”

In addition to limited trips and restricted rides for minors and groups, passengers are asked to sit one passenger per row, except for families riding together. Passengers in violation of these temporary policies or otherwise disruptive to our service are subject to removal from the bus. Timm explains, “While it’s completely counter to our normal lives to beg people not to ride, that is exactly what we are doing. Serving the community’s very real and very essential mobility needs during this crisis is a juggling act. Please, save our service for those who need our service!”

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