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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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Crime

Police make arrest in Chamberlayne Avenue homicide

At approximately 7:06 a.m. on January 3, officers were called to a motel in the 2600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting.

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The Richmond Police Department, with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service, has made an arrest in connection with a homicide on Chamberlayne Avenue that occurred earlier this month.

Gerard A. Hargrove, 44, of the 2900 block of Chamberlayne Avenue, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force last week. He has been charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His booking photo is attached.

At approximately 7:06 a.m. on January 3, officers were called to a motel in the 2600 block of Chamberlayne Avenue for the report of a shooting. When police arrived, they found William O. Hurt down and unresponsive in a motel room. He had suffered an apparent gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with further information on this homicide is asked to call Major Crimes Detective M. Godwin at (804) 646-5533 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Northside Councilman Chris Hilbert announces 2020 schedule of public meetings

Richmond City Councilman for the 3rd (Northside) voter district, Chris Hilbert, announced this week the schedule of public meetings for 2020. Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change.

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Richmond City Councilman for the 3rd (Northside) voter district, Chris Hilbert, announced this week the schedule of public meetings for 2020. Dates, times, and locations are all subject to change.

 Thursday, January 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.         
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, February 27, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.            
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, March 26, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                  
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, April 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, May 28, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.                     
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, June 25, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Union University – Ellison Hall, Wall Auditorium
1500 Lombardy Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, July 23, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Virginia Union University – Ellison Hall, Wall Auditorium
1500 Lombardy Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, August 27, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services – Fire Station 14
2932 Hawthorne Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, September 24, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – North Avenue Branch
2901 North Avenue; Richmond, Virginia

Thursday, October 22, 2020; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Richmond Public Library – Ginter Park Branch
1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

November/December Joint Meeting TBA

For more information, contact Councilmember Hilbert’s office at 804.646.6055 or chris.hilbert@richmondgov.com.

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Education

Moody Middle School seventh-grader captures Henrico Schools’ divisionwide spelling title

Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Division-wide Spelling Bee champion.

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Ananya Nanduru topped competitors from across Henrico County Tuesday night to become Henrico Schools’ 2020 Division-wide Spelling Bee champion. The Moody Middle School seventh-grader won in Round 8 by correctly spelling “breviary,” a book of daily prayers, hymns, and psalms.

The contest features spelling champions from 46 HCPS elementary schools and 12 middle schools, and determines who will represent Henrico County Public Schools at the regional competition. Pocahontas Middle School sixth-grader Weston Kasberger was runner-up.

Among the words Nanduru spelled to win the title were “schadenfreude,” “tritium” and “kielbasa.”

With Nanduru’s win, Moody retains the spelling title and Henrico Schools’ spelling trophy. Last year’s champion, Vishnoy Vadakkancheri, was also a Moody student. The trophy, topped with a whimsical bee, was made possible by a donation from four-time Henrico spelling champion Tejas Muthusamy. Muthusamy, now a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, donated money for the trophy to the Henrico Education Foundation, which had the trophy made.

Nanduru will compete next in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee March 21 at the Library of Virginia. The regional winner will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is held in late May and televised by ESPN.

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