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Mayor Stoney details paving plans, progress at Chippenham project site

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Mayor Stoney visited the Department of Public Works (DPW) crews paving along Richmond’s segment of Chippenham Parkway Tuesday evening.The Chippenham Parkway paving project spans nearly 20 lane miles and constitutes a $1.5 million investment in the roads of the Southside. To minimize congestion along the major thoroughfare, the bulk of the paving is being done at night.  The mayor also provided a summary of paving progress made throughout FY2020, noting that light traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic facilitated efficient work.“I’m all about looking for the silver lining in this new normal, determining how we can work together to turn a bad situation into a productive one,” said the mayor. “The work done on our roads is a great example of that.”In FY2020, the city paved over 320 lane miles. That work constituted a roughly $22 million-dollar investment: $15 million from the CIP budget, $1 million in state revenue funds and $6 million in various DPW and Department of Public Utilities fun…

City to extend cooling station hours during heat advisories

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In light of the recent extreme temperatures in the area, the Stoney administration is extending cooling station hours from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. while a heat advisory is in effect in the City of Richmond.When the cooling station is open, but a heat advisory is not in effect, visitors will be welcome from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.“This is a change rooted in compassion and common sense,” said Mayor Stoney. “I know how hot this city can get during the summer. Nobody should risk heat stroke because they are experiencing homelessness or lack access to adequate air conditioning.”“It’s the city’s job to step in, reach out a helping hand and prioritize public health.”During the extent of the governor’s mask mandate, all residents who wish to use the cooling shelters must wear face coverings and practice social distancing where possible.For more information regarding cooling assistance services, city residents should contact the city’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Offic…

Historic Jackson Ward to begin Residential Parking Permit Enforcement

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A residential parking district will begin operating soon in the Historic Jackson Ward. From September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021, the two-hour parking time limit is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, except for vehicles displaying a valid permit. Permits must be renewed annually.This permanent change in parking is the result of a vote by the Historic Jackson Ward Association in 2019 to create a residential parking permit district. On May 26, 2020 City Council adopted ordinance No. 2020-112 to establish the district and limit parking on the block faces as set forth in the ordinance.Parking decals for residents of the restricted parking district will be available for sale starting August 1, 2020 and will cost $25 each. Decals are limited to three per house or building address. Residents and property owners must display the permit on their cars to park more than 2 hours. Annual Visitor Passes, which cost $35 each, are also a…