Category: Features

Region’s ‘transit revolution’ earns praise

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Henrico shares honor following Pulse launch, GRTC route expansion

The 2018 launch of the Pulse bus rapid transit system and expansion of GRTC Transit System routes in Henrico County are being lauded by a pro-growth group as part of a “transit revolution” for the region.

The Greater Washington Partnership, a group of business leaders that promotes unity and growth from Richmond to Baltimore, on Tuesday released a case study on the region’s transit system changes. It found a 17% increase in local ridership from July 2018 through April compared with the same period the previous year. During that time, transit ridership nationally dropped by 2%, according to the study.

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Work on Henrico Aquatics Center set to begin

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Henrico and YMCA of Greater Richmond officials joined friends and community supporters Wednesday, May 14 to break ground on the Henrico Aquatics Center, a first-of-its-kind facility for the county that will help address a Board of Supervisors’ initiative to “make Henrico drown-proof.” The 21,000-square-foot facility will be built on 6 acres of county-owned property between the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center and the Health Department East Clinic on North Laburnum Avenue. Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton said he had “long dreamed of having a pool” in the eastern Henrico community. Continue reading Work on Henrico Aquatics Center set to begin

Paving crews working to cover lost ground in 2019

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2018 was one of the wettest years in Henrico County since the 1880s. The rain significantly impacted road paving and repairs. “We lost almost half a year of production due to wet weather,” said Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Steve Yob. Road crews missed approximately 200 days of production in 2018, so this year they hope to make up lost ground. Crews will work weekends and nights to get the job done. Continue reading Paving crews working to cover lost ground in 2019

Vehicle crashes with pedestrians, bicyclists on the rise

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Vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are increasing across Henrico County, just as they are throughout Virginia and the United States. To reverse the trend, Henrico is responding with messages discouraging cellphone use and other distractions, targeted enforcement of traffic laws and a review of crosswalks, lighting or other design features that may be beneficial in certain areas. Continue reading Vehicle crashes with pedestrians, bicyclists on the rise

Housing Advisory Committee to serve as ‘think tank’ on housing issues

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Henrico is tapping local expertise as it expands and sharpens its focus on improving the county’s housing stock, its affordability and neighborhoods. The Board of Supervisors in April established the Housing Advisory Committee and appointed its first nine members, who will serve staggered terms through 2020 or 2021. The members offer broad experience in housing issues, including for-profit and nonprofit development, home building and sales, commercial lending and law. Continue reading Housing Advisory Committee to serve as ‘think tank’ on housing issues

Region confronts opioid epidemic with Opioid Solutions RVA

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With a website and messages on social media, radio, television and billboards, Henrico County and its neighboring localities are working to stem the alarming rise of opioid overdoses and deaths. Henrico, Chesterfield County, Hanover County and the city of Richmond have united as Opioid Solutions RVA to raise awareness of the epidemic and to promote resources and support to aid recovery. Continue reading Region confronts opioid epidemic with Opioid Solutions RVA

Extension Office offers tips on growing lush, green landscape

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When the yellow dusting of pollen hits, you know spring is in full season. It’s the perfect time to prepare your lawn and garden for a delightful summer. The Henrico Extension Office offers a variety of services to help Henrico homeowners create a lush landscape that will be the envy of the neighborhood. The SMART Lawns program provides homeowners with a plan tailored to fit their specific lawn-care needs. Continue reading Extension Office offers tips on growing lush, green landscape

Water and sewer line maintenance: What’s the homeowner’s responsibility?

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One of the most frequently asked questions of the Henrico County Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is who’s responsible for water and sewer lines. “The county maintains all of the water and sewer pipes from the street to the property line,” said DPU Wastewater Collection Engineer Ricky Blunt. “Anything from the property line back toward the house — and within the house — is the homeowner’s responsibility.” If residents encounter problems with their sewage or water lines, DPU Assistant Director Bentley Chan maintained they should call DPU first. “If it’s an issue related to your water or sewer service, then please give us a call. We’re here to help,” he said. Continue reading Water and sewer line maintenance: What’s the homeowner’s responsibility?