The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to bring bike and pedestrian lanes to two roads in Gloucester county. A 1 3/4-mile stretch of Hayes Road, also known as Route 1216, will be widened for bikes and pedestrians, though funding just for preliminary engineering design isn’t expected to come through until 2015. A second project is planned for 2.4 miles of Roaring Springs Road in the Court House Village area. This entails a “shared roadway bicycle path” from the intersection of Main Street to Beaverdam Park but This project, however, is on hold until 2018 when funding is available for preliminary engineering.
A two-day statewide summit on how best to convince private property owners to adopt conservation landscaping in order to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay concludes today in Williamsburg. The 64,000-square-mile watershed includes portions of the District of Columbia and six states, including Virginia, which have been struggling to restore the polluted estuary for decades. A major source of pollution is stormwater runoff, which carries harmful amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment into the bay, harming marine life. Options for property owners to reduce runoff and harmful contaminants include installing rain barrels, replacing grass lawns with native plants and trees and refraining from using chemical fertilizers.
A House subcommittee has backed a Senate proposal to require Virginia voters to present photo ID at the polls. The measure would not take effect until 2014 and it would require registrar’s offices statewide to provide free photo IDs to voters. A similar bill died in the House of Delegates earlier this session. Instead, the House passed a measure that would limit the forms of ID that voters can present at the polls, removing utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks and Social Security cards from the list of acceptable identification.
The Williamsburg Regional Library has made it to a list of 33 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services after being nominated by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner. The award goes to libraries and museums that “make a difference for individuals, families, and communities and is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. Of the 33 nominees, 10 of them will receive the $5,000 award and participate in an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. They will also receive a visit from StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to record, preserve and share the stories of Americans.
Hampton police did not file charges after a toddler was found alone Friday. Someone reported a toddler being unaccompanied in the area, and an investigation revealed that the child had exited a residence about without the parents’ knowledge. The child was returned to the residence without injury, Police did not file charges in the case but Child Protective Services was notified and will follow-up on the incident.
Dennis Heuer, the Hampton Roads district administrator for the Virginia Department of Transportation, has resigned, effective Friday, after questions about the oversight of a contractor in charge of repairing potholes on I-264 and I-64 in Southside Hampton Roads. Heavy rainstorms caused a flurry of potholes across I-264 last week causing State Police to shut down stretches of the roadway because of unsafe conditions and A number of motorists reported vehicle damage from potholes. Heuer first took over as Hampton Roads District administrator in 2004. During his tenure, the region has seen several major traffic snarls for which the department has been criticized. Mike Estes, director of strategic initiatives, would serve as acting district administrator while a national search takes place.