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    Experience the new 27,000 square foot addition to the church that includes expansive gathering space, a children’s play place, a full-sized gym, and a café. The event features live music, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, refreshments, family and kids activities, and prize give-aways.

    A much-anticipated roadway that was both years in the making and long-awaited, opened to the public Saturday morning. The $48 million North Gayton Road extension, connecting West Broad Street to Pouncey Tract and Shady Grove Roads to the north, provides what residents say was a much-needed second north/south route in the Short Pump area.

    County of Henrico planning officials say the project will not only take vehicles off Pouncey Tract Road, but will provide a less congested alternative for those in residential communities such as Wyndham and Twin Hickory to access the West Broad Street corridor and Short Pump Town Center.

    Before the roadway opened, Pouncey Tract Road was carrying an estimated 11,000 vehicles per day. North Gayton is expected to carry 9,600 vehicles per day by year’s end, increasing to approximately 18,000 vehicles per day by 2032.

    If a future Interstate 64 interchange is added near Dominion Chevrolet, officials say the number could balloon to 64,000 vehicles per day.

    The project was delayed significantly by a variety of factors including issues with property acquisition and weather.

    The extension was 100% funded by Henrico County through a 2005 Bond Referendum.

    Today, communities across the Commonwealth and throughout the country will join together to celebrate International Walk to School Day.  Schools, towns, public health organizations, and parents alike are organizing walking school buses, group walks and other activities to highlight and celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.

    One school in the Short Pump area, Gayton Elementary School, is participating in the event. The total number of participating schools is expected to grow throughout October, which is National Walk to School Month.

    Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place.  In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.

    In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.

    “We’ve seen a steady increase in the number of schools in Virginia that participate in Walk to School Day each year. Eighty-one schools participated in 2011 and 54 in 2010; this year over 100 have registered to participate which doubles the number of schools participating in the past two years, and we expect more schools to hold events throughout the month of October,” said Rob Williams, Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Safe Routes to School coordinator.

    “Many of these schools have received funding or technical assistance through VDOT’s program, but they have all taken it upon themselves to participate in this event, and to send the message to their students about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

    Walk to School Day encourages a walk-focused celebration in the month of October, building support among teachers, parents and students for walking and biking to school year-round.

    The North Gayton Road Extension Project, Henrico County’s $48 million plan to alleviate congestion throughout Short Pump, is making progress. Crews have placed steel across Interstate 64 for a new bridge, much of the roadway has been paved and a new intersection has been constructed where the new road meets Bacova Drive. Photos of the progress can be seen below.

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    Henrico Board of Supervisors on Wednesday night approved a $48 million plan to alleviate some of Short Pump’s most congested roadways. Construction of the North Gayton Road extension could get underway in as little as a couple weeks. Project details were presented to the public, and though most citizens seemed to agree the project is much needed, not all agreed on its implementation.