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Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center to Host Blood Drive

Emporia, VA – According to the American Red Cross, someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds. This adds up to about 36,000 units of red blood cells that are needed to meet the daily demand. 

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, September 23rd from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the SVRMC Classrooms, 727 N. Main Street, Emporia. Whether veteran or first-time donor, the process is quick (usually about 1 hour 15 minutes from start to finish) and easy, and each donation could save up to three lives. Donors are required to provide either a driver’s license or two other forms of identification, be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health to be eligible to donate. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Becky Parrish at 434-348-4485 or visit redcrossblood.org.

SVCC Offers Deal On Welding Testing

It has been said, “the best things in life are free.”  This does not typically apply to professional credentials, but it does in the Southside Virginia Community College Welding Program. Welder certification is free to all welding students while they are enrolled in welding courses during the 2016-17 school year. 

In the welding industry, welders performing code quality work are required to pass a skill test to prove that he or she has the skill to make a sound weld.  These tests are called Welder Qualification Tests, and are typically part of the interview process at many companies that hire welders.  The tests are administered in various positions, welding processes, joints and shapes of material.  SVCC offers students the opportunity to take both plate and pipe tests while enrolled in welding courses at SVCC.

David Braun, Professor of Welding at SVCC, is an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).  CWIs inspect welds and certify welders through Welder Qualification Tests. 

Cost can be a barrier for many students in attempting to earn the credential during training, which is why SVCC has removed that barrier.  Welder Qualification Tests typically cost between $150 and $450 elsewhere.  Some students enrolled in the SVCC welding program have passed as many as 12 tests saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

For more information about Welding at SVCC, visit the website at www.southside.edu  The college offers welding at the John H. Daniel Campus in Keysville, Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center in South Hill, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston and Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia.

"Do You Know Lonely?"

Lonely is when no one you see
for days and days on end
no one from your family
and not even a close friend.
 
You can go to any rest home
and this problem will appear
one don't have to be related
they are just glad that you are near.
 
Their faces will all tell a story
and time you will see a smile
you do not need to spend the night
just visit for  a while.
 
Now, all rest homes serve a purpose
with their very special care
yet when there you place a loved one
don't forget that they are there!
 
Yes take the time to visit
for lonely they all are
it shouldn't cause a problem
and most likely its not far.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Virginia State Police Captain Thomas W. Turner Receives 2016 President’s Award

Virginia State Police Captain Thomas W. Turner, a 50-year-veteran of the department, is the 2016 recipient of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police President’s Award. Captain Turner was recognized at the VACP Annual Awards Banquet on September 20 at the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center.

Captain Turner began his career with the Virginia State Police in 1966 as a dispatcher and transitioned to State Trooper just one day after his 21st birthday. From his early days with the department, Trooper Turner made serving the public the focus of his law enforcement career. And as he rose through the ranks, he maintained this priority in his duties and actions.

Captain Turner’s true talent emerged when he was first assigned to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) as a lieutenant in 1996, where he later became Division Commander in 2007.

As the Division Commander, Captain Turner has been on the ground floor of creating data systems for the administration of justice. He is a visionary, capable of not only seeing the needs of criminal justice agencies, but also envisioning how such systems can be used to better serve the administration of justice. Captain Turner has put tools in place to ensure data is retrievable in a variety of formats for countless criminal justice entities so that criminal history data can be used throughout the criminal justice system.

Virginia has one of the nation’s leading sex offender registries because of Captain Turner’s commitment and tireless efforts. He has been integral to the development of the registry and serves as a ready resource for law enforcement agencies that use the registry.

Captain Turner’s leadership enabled the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center to grow into a nationally recognized and model program. The center handles the speedy transfer of firearms to non-prohibited persons while maintaining an impressive record of arresting individuals who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

Captain Turner chairs of the FBI’s Advisory Policy Board, which makes recommendations to the Director regarding policy, technical, and operational issues for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division programs, including the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

Captain Turner has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, and Criminal History Record (SEARCH). He was also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for AFIS Internet, and Vice Chairman of the FBI/Compact Council’s Subcommittee on Policy and Procedures.  He fully recognizes the importance of his role on these national committees and uses his expansive knowledge and expertise to improve criminal justice services to Virginia’s criminal justice agencies.

Recently, Captain Turner was recognized by the FBI for his pivotal role in solving a series of rape cases in Virginia and Kuwait. His persistence coupled with his latent print database knowledge led the Norfolk Police to make inquiries into recently accessible non-criminal fingerprint files. A latent print taken from a Norfolk crime scene matched fingerprints of a Navy serviceman. The FBI deemed this case the “Biometric Hit of the Year.”

As a subject matter expert in the vast array of criminal justice information/data, Captain Turner’s knowledge and expertise is often sought by law enforcement officials across the Commonwealth and far beyond. He personally involves himself with other agency’s concerns and provides expert knowledge and direction. In Virginia, most law enforcement executives know that if they have a CJIS question, Captain Turner will know the answer—and he won’t have to do “research” to provide a response.

In the fall, Captain Turner will retire from the Virginia State Police with 50 years of service to the Commonwealth. He will leave a tremendous void in the agency and across Virginia. His historical knowledge of criminal justice and his overwhelming desire to serve can never be replaced. He will truly be missed, and Virginia law enforcement will never be able to thank him enough for this enduring dedication.

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police is proud to recognize Virginia State Police Captain Tom Turner with the 2016 President’s Award.

COLLEGE DAY AND FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TOUR SET FOR OCTOBER 5

Area eleventh and twelfth-grade high school students and their parents are invited to attend “College Day” at Southside Virginia Community College’s Christanna Campus in Alberta on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This is the Regional College Day program for Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and parts of Lunenburg and Nottoway counties.  Second-year students and graduates of two-year college degree programs are also urged to attend.  Over 50 colleges, universities and special schools will be represented.

Institutions that should be represented include Averett University, Bluefield College, Chowan University, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Concord University, Eastern Mennonite University, Ferrum College, George Mason University,  Hampden-Sydney College, Hampton University, James Madison University, Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Johnson & Wales University, Liberty University, Living Arts College, Longwood University, Lynchburg College,  Mary Baldwin College, Meredith College, Mid-Atlantic Christian University, National University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina Wesleyan College,  Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University On Line, Pfeiffer University, Potomac State College of West Virginia University, Radford University, Randolph College, Regent University, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, Southside Regional Medical Center, Southside Virginia Community College,  Strayer University, Sweet Briar College,  The Apprentice School, University of Mary Washington, University of Mount Olive, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at Wise, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia Wesleyan College and William Peace University.  Also attending will be a representative for the Virginia Tobacco Region Scholarship.

For more information about “College Day” contact the Admissions Office at SVCC’s Christanna Campus (Phone: 434-949-1014).

Elton Lee Powers

Elton Lee Powers, age 65, of Skippers, VA passed away September 19, 2016.  He is the son of the late Marvin and Susie Mae Powers.  He is survived by his wife, Donna Marie Powers; three sons, Brian Powers and wife Ginger, Jonathon Powers and Nathan Powers; three grandchildren, Destiny, Joshua and Kaylee; two sisters, Vivian Finney and Brenda Phillips and husband Cecil; and his brother, Wayne Powers and wife Janet.  Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Va. with interment at Zion Baptist Church, Skippers, Va.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.

Book Signing Set for Sept. 30th

SOUTH HILL, VA– The VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a “book signing” event featuring Carlos A. Williams, MD on September 30th from 12:00PM-5:00PM in the front lobby of the hospital, located at 125 Buena Vista Circle in South Hill.

Dr. Williams, Neurologist at VCU Health CMH has recently published a book entitled, “Brain Storming” and will be in attendance to sign copies for the public. This event is free and open to the public and all book sales from the event will benefit the CMH Auxiliary.

When discussing his book, Dr. Williams stated, “I grew up in a poor country in a poor family earning our existence by doing business with everyone that came through the door, regardless of color or language.  After 28 years there, I became a foreign graduate student in a country where I did have to learn the language and culture in order to be a Neurologist.  I never contemplated living in this country but found myself here.  This is not my work, but a simple account of my encounters with people I have met at the end of their life.”

Chancellor Visits SVCC To Learn Of Best Practices

The Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System recently visited Southside Virginia Community College in order to learn more about programs that enhance student success.  At SVCC, he heard about the Make It Happen (MIH) Program that benefits African-American Males in their successful pursuit of higher education.  Those participating in the event are (Left to Right) Shauna Davis, Executive Director of VCCS Student Success Center, Dr. John Hicks, SVCC MIH Advisor, Andre Harrell, MIH student, Sharon Morrissey, Vice Chancellor for Academic Services and Research, Kaleb Greene, MIH student, Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor, Anquinnie Lee, MIH student, LaFreda Ogburn, SVCC Local Board member, Jarius Miller, MIH student, Van Wilson, VCCS Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, Dr. Anne Hayes, SVCC Dean of Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Glenn Dubois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, recently began a statewide listening tour of best practices related to student success.   He stopped by Southside Virginia Community College on September 13, 2016 to learn more about one of the college’s successful programs as well as facilitate a discussion around barriers to student success within the community college system.

The SVCC presentation featured students from the Make It Happen (MIH) program who participated in internships and research projects at Hampton University during the summer.  This MIH program began in the fall of 1998 in an effort to enhance the academic success of African-American males at the college.  This comprehensive program provides meaningful activities for participants and establishes an institutional climate of support.

The students presented information about the Hampton University Minority Men’s Health Initiative.  They participated in this programto promote and deliver the highest quality of research, education, training, and outreach to combat and eliminate health disparities affecting minority men in several areas.  These areas of research included cancer, cardiovascular disease, violence prevention, diabetes and obesity, and melanoma in Hispanics by, transforming cultural lifestyles resulting in healthy bodies, healthy families and healthy communities of minority men and ultimately all Americans.

The MIH participants who presented during the Chancellor’s visit were Andre Harrell of Brunswick, Kaleb Greene of Brodnax, Anquinni Lee of Nottoway and Jarius Miller of Prince George.

Brunswick Library Presents Coffee Q & A

The Brunswick County Library will be presenting a new program called Coffee Q & A on the first Tuesday of October, November, and December. Coffee Q & A will be an informal forum and casual conversation with local community leaders from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. All are welcome to visit with these leaders for question and answer sessions about their work and their community. Free coffee and light refreshments will be available.

The community leaders scheduled are:
Tuesday, October 4th – Lawrenceville Mayor, Bill Herrington
Tuesday, November 1st – Brunswick Co. Sherriff, Brian Roberts
Tuesday, December 6th – Brunswick Co. Schools Superintendent, Dora Wynn

For more information contact the Brunswick County Library at 434-848-2418, ext. 301 or visit www.meherrinlib.org.

Brunswick Library seals Time Capsule

Concluding the Brunswick County Library’s 75th year celebration, the Library of Board of Trustees sealed a Time Capsule to be opened in the year 2040 when the Brunswick County Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The Time Capsule contains mementos of the 75th Birthday Party, special thoughts from library patrons, library statistics, a Brunswick Times Gazette newspaper with an article featuring the October 7, 2015 Birthday Party, as well as other special items to be revealed at the 2040 unsealing. The Time Capsule is to be stored and locked in a display case in the Dr. William McCaddin Pritchett Local History and Genealogy Room of the Brunswick County Library. The Library wishes to thank the community for the many years of support and looks forward to serving the community in the years to come. Library Trustees pictured (left to right) Nancy Edwards, John Zubrod, Rebecca Akers, Deborah Davis, Alex Lockerman, Polly Duffey (Library Director), Sherri Bagley, and Elizabeth Grizzard.

Harvest Festival Fundraising Concert & Dance Set for Oct. 1st

SOUTH HILL, VA– En’ Novation, featuring the extremely popular former members of Casper, is set to perform live on October 1st at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA.  This is a joint venture between VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s Foundation and the South Hill Chamber of Commerce.  Also performing as the opening act is The Big Eddy & Blue Trio featuring artists from Redneck Pool Party.  All proceeds from this concert will benefit programs and services at the new VCU Health CMH (that is currently being constructed) and the South Hill Chamber. 

To purchase tickets visit the South Hill Chamber or Brian’s Steak House, or call the CMH Foundation at (434) 774-2575.  Tickets for adults are $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door.  Children 10 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  There are a limited number of table reservations available on a first come, first served basis.  Refreshments/concessions will be available for purchase at the event.  Coolers (and food) are not allowed and a photo I.D. will be required for alcohol purchase. 

The event is sponsored by the following:  Gold Sponsors-Benchmark Community Bank, “Beth & Beth” Exit Town & Lake Realty, Biggs Construction, Peebles, Pine View Assisted Living/M.C.’s Kids, Rent-E-Quip of South Hill and Vulcan Materials; Silver Sponsors-American Buildings Company, Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative, First Citizens Bank, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, South Hill Auto Glass, Inc., and Watkins Insurance Agency;  Marquee Sponsor-Town of South Hill; Venue Sponsor-Boyd Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of South Hill; Signage Sponsor-Xtreme Signs & Graphics; Ticket Sponsor-Crowder & Holloway Insurance; Libation Sponsors-Blue Ridge Distributing, Lawrence Distributing, Pecht Distributing, and Rosemont of Virginia; Media Sponsors-Lakes Media US 98.3 WLUS & Rewind 101.9 WKSK and Bobcat 93.5 WBBC .

50th Anniversary Graduating Class Breaks Records for Virginia’s Community Colleges

RICHMOND — Virginia’s Community Colleges are off to a promising start in their quest to triple the number of credentials students earn annually by the year 2021. As the VCCS celebrates its 50th anniversary, the 2016 class was the most successful in history, reaching record numbers for both individual graduates and credentials earned. This past spring’s graduations also represented the end of the first year of the VCCS’s six-year statewide strategic plan, Complete 2021, which established the goal of tripling credentials.

All told, Virginia’s Community Colleges saw a 7.6% increase in degrees, certificates and diplomas earned, from 31,194 to 33,580 – and a 5.2% increase in the number of individual graduates, from 25,562 to 26,899. There were significant increases in certain groups driving those record numbers including:

  • A 14% increase in the number of Hispanic/Latino graduates;
  • An 11.4% increase in the number of so-called traditional-age graduates, those between the ages of 18 and 24; and
  • A 9% increase in the number of graduates who are the first in their family to attend and graduate college – in fact, first generation students earned one out of every five awards earned by the 2016 class.

There was also a smaller, though notable, increase of 6.5% in the number of men graduating. Traditionally, men pursue and complete postsecondary credentials at rates well below that of women. Today, men make up just more than 41% of the total VCCS enrollment.

The graduation numbers above do not include the more than 13,000 industry-certified credentials earned by VCCS students in short-term workforce training programs last year. Those programs operate outside of a traditional academic calendar and are counted separately.

“With a focus on student success, we are helping more individuals overcome the barriers that can prevent them from earning a postsecondary credential, the passport that is essential today to pursuing the American Dream,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Much work remains, however, if we are going to reach that tripling goal of Complete 2021 and truly prepare individuals for the new Virginia economy.”

No one, perhaps, better personifies that pursuit of the American Dream better than Augusto “Gus” Infantas, 22, who became the first in his family to attend and graduate college when he earned his degree last May from Northern Virginia Community College.

Infantas was born in Peru but raised in America. The sometimes-frustrating process of obtaining legal residency, and a lack of resources, delayed his pursuit of a college education. Instead, he began working fulltime to support his family. He wasn’t sure what to think by the time he made it to campus.

“As a very non-traditional student, I was nervous going into college; I was older and working two jobs all through school. But the diversity of people, thoughts and ideas made me comfortable. I was encouraged by faculty and other students to succeed. They motivated me to reach toward my goals,” said Infantas.

Infantas is now studying finance at the University of Virginia. “NVCC really sets students up for success,” he added. “You just have to be willing to work for it.”

Act Today for More Tomorrows

Cancer robs us of hope, energy and good people daily, but with new discoveries in cancer research and advances in cancer treatment, many types of this disease are being treated successfully or managed more like chronic diseases.  Researchers continue working on finding a cure and immuno-oncology appears to be a promising new approach.  In the meantime, people need to do what they can do now to prevent cancers from developing. 

“It may take up to 10 years or longer for some cancers to develop into a serious problem,” says Charlotte Litzenberg, Coordinator at the Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia located in Danville.  “That amount of time can provide an incredible window of opportunity for medical providers to act and possibly save a life.  We need to educate people about the importance of prevention and the early detection of cancer.”

To address these points, representatives of Susan G. Komen Central Virginia, the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, PATHS (Piedmont Access to Health Services), and VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Cancer Research and Resource Centers of Southern Virginia, which are partially funded by the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, have been working with major state and local organizations and medical facilities to present a free continuing education program.   Act Today for More Tomorrows, a continuing education program for nurses and EMS will take place on Saturday, September 24.  National keynote speaker Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP, a Chicagoan with Virginia ties who is always entertaining and informative, will talk about breast and HPV/related cancers.  She will be followed by a panel of local experts.

Planners for Act Today for More Tomorrows hope to reach as many medical providers as possible in the south central area of Virginia with this information.  Harnessing the power of the Internet, they will deliver this free, high-quality, educational program (4.5 credit hours for nurses) live from Hampden Sydney College in Farmville to five satellite sites, all dotting the Highway 58 corridor, which runs east-west along the southern border of Virginia.  People will be able to view this program in Martinsville, Danville, South Boston, South Hill and Emporia.

Talking with providers about your family’s medical history and following cancer screening guidelines can lead to the early detection of cancer, which can save your life, so a panel of local experts will also talk about best medical practices:

Ibtehal Al-Ani, MD, Pediatrician, Prince Edward Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that both boys and girls get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine by the age of 12.  HPV causes a majority of cervical and anal cancers (91%).  Among other cancers, it also causes cancer of the base of tongue/back of throat (72%), which is on the rise among men.

Christina Benton, MPH, Every Woman’s Life, Virginia Department of Health

Every Woman’s Life provides low-income and uninsured women access to free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. 

Jerry Lucas, MD, Ob-Gyn, Centra Southside

Beginning at age 40, all women should talk with their provider about the mammogram plan that is best for them.  At age 21, women should talk with their healthcare provider about when and how often a Pap test, Pap and HPV tests and pelvic examinations should be performed.

Kara Lamb, RN, MSN, OCN, Oncology Breast Navigator, Centra Health

A high percentage of people in this area do not have insurance or are under-insured.  Lamb will talk about their options if they are diagnosed with breast cancer.

The general public is welcome to attend.  Space at each site is limited, so online registration at www.vbcf.org/educate/conferencesis required by September 20th .  If you have any questions, please call the Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia at 434.421.3060.

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A library card is the coolest card – September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Today’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Meherrin Regional Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. As of 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs, which account for nearly two thirds of all library programming.

Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them. Librarians provide guided training in digital media and grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home. 

Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. The development of makerspaces is just one way libraries are seeking to meet this demand, ranging from low-tech, hands-on engineering opportunities for children and teens using toys and kits to the incorporation of high-tech tools like laser cutters and 3D printers.

Resources at the Brunswick County Library and Richardson Memorial Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Brunswick County Library in Lawrenceville, or the Richardson Memorial Library in Emporia, or visit the library online at www.meherrinlib.org.

Save the date! Statewide Disaster Drills

2016 Southeast ShakeOut
Millions of people will join and practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On during the 2016 Southeast ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Online registration is open on this link: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/register/ If you have questions about the ShakeOut, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov .

2017 Statewide Tornado Drill
The annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.  The date will be observed as Tornado Preparedness Day.  (If widespread severe weather threatens the commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.)
 
In 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that a total of eight tornadoes impacting twelve localities in Virginia during that storm.
Online registration for the drill is not yet open, but the Virginia Department of Emergency Management advises us that registration should be up by mid October at www.vaemergency.gov so check the site then.  
If you have questions about Tornado Preparedness Day or the statewide drill, please call or write to VDEM external affairs team at (804) 897-6510 or pio@vdem.virginia.gov . 

INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE BARRIER WALLS ON I-95 Bridge Replacement PROJECT over the Meherrin River

Scheduled lane closures to start next week

EMPORIA – Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have scheduled road work southbound on I-95 over the Meherrin River. For the next two weeks, beginning Sunday, June 12, 2016, until Friday June 24, 2016 crews will begin the installation of the concrete barrier walls. Traffic will be reduced to single-lane closures north of the Exit 11 (Route 58)ramp. This single-lane closure will start Sundays beginning at 6:30 p.m. and extend until Fridays at 5 a.m. No work will take place on weekends. Portable changeable message signs are in place to alert motorists of the single-lane closures. 

The I-95 Bridge Replacement Project has been underway since January 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2019. The project will replace the two bridges, to include realignment of the south bridge and installation of storm water facilities.  All construction work is dependent upon weather conditions. Please drive with caution at all times through the work zone.

During construction there will be intermittent traffic shifts and single-lane closures throughout the duration of the project. For the majority of the project, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. To learn more, please visit http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/i95_bridge_replacement.asp

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.va511.org, call 511, listen to Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) 1680 AM or call the Traffic Information Line at 757-361-3016 for current traffic and travel information. 

VDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO OBEY ROUTE 301 BRIDGE TRAFFIC AND DETOUR SIGNS

Virginia State Police to begin enforcement for reckless driving.

GREENSVILLE COUNTY – Safety is the biggest priority for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and the Hampton Roads District is urging motorists to obey all traffic and detour signs posted around the Route 301 Southbound Bridge Replacement Project in Greensville County.  Recently, drivers have been observed traveling the wrong way over the Route 301 Northbound Bridge to avoid the construction detour, resulting in several near-collisions.

Beginning today, January 4, 2016, Virginia State Police will step up enforcement near the bridge and issue reckless driving citations to motorists exhibiting dangerous driving patterns.  Drivers traveling southbound will use I-95 as the detour around the bridge closure.

The Route 301 Bridge Replacement Project is currently on schedule for completion in summer 2017.  The old bridge has been demolished, and crews are currently working on building the new bridge approaches.   For more information, please visit VDOT’s project website:

http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/hamptonroads/rte_301_bridge.asp

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