Monday, November 30, 2015

Practice Run Simulation Helps City Prepare for Snow Removal Season

In preparation for inclement weather and to ensure snow removal readiness of the City’s 1,860 lane miles, the Department of Public Works recently conducted training for 120 staff and completed practice runs of its 50 snow routes. The simulation helps to make certain crews are familiar with the routes and enhances city readiness to respond to inclement weather. There are approximately 25 routes both north and south of the James River.

The city has also added 11 new dump trucks to its fleet of vehicles assigned to manage the snow routes. The city will use the new trucks along with a variety of other equipment, including spreaders, plows and smaller trucks to keep the roads safe and to clear the roads as soon as possible after a storm. The department has over 4,000 tons salt and 2,000 tons of sand along with 1,000 tons of a mixture of sand and salt, as well as chemicals designed to prevent bridge surfaces from freezing when the temperature is colder than 35 degrees. Materials and supplies will be replenished as needed.

During winter weather the City prioritizes pre-treating and snow removal so major bridges, thoroughfares, arterial streets and emergency routes are given first priority; minor thoroughfares and designated transit routes are designated secondary priority. Residential and other local streets receive a third tier priority.

Lane Closure – Jefferson Davis Highway at Hull Street

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Lane Closure

WHEN:  Starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 30 and ending on Friday, December 4 at 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Jefferson Davis Highway at Hull Street

BACKGROUND:  There will be a lane closure on Jefferson Davis Highway, south of Hull Street to install underground conduits along the sidewalk. Pedestrians and motorist should follow the road signs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

City Announces 2015 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Awards

Mayor Dwight C. Jones and Ellen Robertson, Richmond City Council 6th District and Chair of the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Oversight Board, joined in announcing the City’s 2015 Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) awardees today. The 2015 AHTF awards, totaling nearly one million dollars, are expected to generate more than $23.5 million in affordable housing development in the city and nearly 200 new and rehabilitated affordable housing units. In addition, special housing related services will be provided to more than 220 families and homeless individuals.

The list of affordable housing developments and services receiving AHTF awards are:
• William Byrd Senior Apartments with project:HOMES
• Cary Street Preservation Project with Better Housing Coalition
• Studios II with Virginia Supportive Housing
• Eggleston Plaza with The Hanson Company
• Wheelchair Ramp Project with project:HOMES
• Rebuilding Together Year Round with Rebuilding Together of Richmond
• Move to Opportunity with Housing Opportunities Made Equal
• Home Again Rapid Re-Housing Project with Emergency Shelter, Inc., dba Home Again
• Home Link with Virginia Supportive Housing
• Flagler Rapid Re-Housing with St. Joseph’s Villa
• Coordinated Outreach with The Daily Planet

The application period for the 2016 AHTF program begins on Dec. 7 with all proposals due by Jan. 21, 2016. The City will announce a December information session to familiarize potential applicants with the AHTF program and application process. A list of AHTF activities eligible for awards includes housing related support services, pre-development costs, new construction, property acquisition, rehabilitation costs, relocation and conversion of non-residential to residential development.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bike Distribution Program

On Friday, November 20, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to kick off the partnership between Richmond’s Center for Workforce Innovation and Capital One. This partnership was developed in order to improve workforce development efforts in the greater Richmond area.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones along with Jamison Manion, Programs Administrator for Workforce Development from the Richmond Center for Workforce Innovation, Lane Hopkins, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President from Human Resources at Capital One, and Michael Gilbert, a representative from RideRichmond, spoke about the Bike Distribution Program that will give a bicycle to individuals who complete the Center’s Workforce Pipeline training program. This will allow them greater access to transportation in the greater Richmond area.

Many jobs lie outside the reach of Richmond residents who are strictly dependent upon GRTC bus lines. This lack of transportation greatly contributes to the unemployment rate among the city’s lower-income population. The Workforce Pipeline program in conjunction with the Bike Distribution Program improves the mobility of engaged workforce participants to attend training and get to work. Riding a bike extends their opportunities to easily reach 1000 more employers and compete for 18,000 more jobs that lie within a short ride from the end of the bus line.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The City of Richmond and Radio One Annual Toy Drive

The City of Richmond and Radio One Annual Toy Drive has begun! Please consider donating new unwrapped toys, books and clothing for children in the Richmond area that are in need. Donations will be accepted up to 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 10.

All Radio One DJ's will broadcast live at local Walmart stores from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 8, 9, and 10 to "PACK THE PODS" with donations. On December 10. they will be at the Walmart Supercenter at 2410 Sheila Lane.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Street Closure – Milton Street between Carolina and 1st Avenue

WHO:  City of Richmond Department of Public Works

WHAT:  Street Closure

WHEN:  Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, November 30 through 4 p.m. Friday, December 4 

WHERE:  Milton Street between Carolina and 1st Avenue

BACKGROUND: Closing Milton Street between Carolina and 1st Avenue to install a sanitary sewer line. Follow the detour signs.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wharf Street Entrance to Intermediate Terminal Dock Closing

From Monday, November 16 through Sunday, May 1, the Wharf Street entrance to the Intermediate Terminal Dock will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  There will be no public access to the mid-section of the dock, as it is a work zone undergoing structural rehabilitation. 

The lower eastern and western docks will remain accessible to the public, as well as the portions of the Virginia Capital Trail that run parallel to the Intermediate Terminal Dock.

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