VaNews for New Kent County
If there was any indication regional and state officials are serious about widening Interstate 64 beyond Hampton Roads, look no farther than New Kent County.
Savings from a handful of road projects has given way to an extra $60 million to widen I-64 from the I-64/I-295 interchange outside Richmond in Henrico County to Bottoms Bridge (Exit 205) in New Kent County.
New Kent County has agreed to pay a penalty worth more than $35,000 for state wetlands violations.
The county has entered into a proposed consent order, or legal agreement, with the State Water Control Board in which New Kent acknowledged damaging or destroying about three-quarters of an acre of wetlands at the county airport.
The county had a permit to clear land but not to damage wetlands, the order said.
In a moment long awaited by local air travelers, Southwest Airlines starts service at Richmond International Airport today.
The low-fare, no-frills carrier is entering the Richmond market initially with just one daily round-trip, nonstop flight to Orlando, Fla., the capital region’s No. 3 destination with about 173,000 annual passengers.
The health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress is prompting Richmond-area school divisions to cut part-timers’ hours.
Henrico and Chesterfield counties and Richmond schools have already established policies that limit part-time workers to less than 30 hours per week to avoid paying for their health insurance. Hanover County school officials are considering setting a cutoff.
Passenger traffic was up slightly in September at Richmond International Airport, and officials said that Southwest Airlines entrance into the market should help boost it more.
September saw 0.8 percent more air travelers use RIC than in the same month last year, the Capital Region Airport Commission reported Tuesday. For the first nine months of the calendar year, passenger traffic was up 0.1 percent.
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People who pay cash for houses were out in force in September.
All-cash purchases made up 42 percent of all residential sales in the Richmond area in September, according to a report released this morning by RealtyTrac, a supplier of real estate data.
The Richmond area’s housing market posted increases in sales and prices during the third quarter, according to a report released Tuesday by the Richmond Association of Realtors.
The number of sales in Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties rose 17 percent to 3,490 in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 compared with the same period a year ago, the trade group said.
The Richmond area’s unemployment rate declined slightly in August, but the region’s labor force also fell as the summer season ended and some discouraged workers left the labor market.
The jobless rate fell to 6 percent in August from 6.2 percent in July, as about 2,000 fewer people were reported as unemployed in the region, according to seasonally unadjusted figures released Monday from the Virginia Employment Commission.
Asked by an economist whether the economic recession has ended, most people attending the Richmond Real Estate Trends conference on Tuesday did not raise their hand.
“There are still so few people that raise their hand when I ask that question,” said Christine Chmura, president of the research firm Chmura Economics & Analytics in Richmond and a speaker at the conference at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.