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City Passes Legislation to Incorporate Health Considerations Into Future Planning and Programs

The Richmond City Council has adopted two resolutions that will ensure the incorporation of health into future planning and programs. This legislation, unanimously adopted by City Council, serves to incorporate health considerations into decision-making processes across sectors that influence health.

The Health in All Policies (HiAP) and Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Cities and Towns Resolutions are outgrowths of Mayor Dwight Jones’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy and fall under the auspices of the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign. The HiAP legislation calls for the City to incorporate “fair and just” principles into policymaking and to consider the health impacts of decisions made by all aspects of local government. A team of City departmental leaders will be formed to implement the HiAP framework across all departments, agencies, and offices, in order to promote health, and well-being and overall quality of life of all residents, regardless of whom they are or wher…

City to Break Ground Next Week on Newest Roundabout

~Project component of East End Transformation Plan~

The intersection of 25th Street, Nine Mile Road and Fairmount Road will undergo major improvements with the installation of a roundabout. Construction is set to begin next week to re-design the intersection, which will include the removal of existing traffic lights. The $1.2 million project has received state and federal funding.

The roundabout is a component of the East End Transformation Plan, which includes major sidewalk and landscaping improvements, modernization of public housing and revitalization of blighted residential areas.

City transportation engineers say once the roundabout is in place, it will reduce the number of accidents in that area and increase traffic efficiency. The most recent traffic study at the intersection indicated 11 accidents occurred there during a three year time frame.

Currently the City operates five modern roundabouts and expects to begin construction on several more this year.

Experts say roundabouts ca…