VA schools, students, and police honored for Traffic Safety

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Schools, students, and law enforcement from around Virginia will be honored today in Harrisonburg for the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety.

The banquet will honor those who demonstrated exemplary efforts to encourage safe driving and passenger safety among teenagers.

15 categories will be awarded, with most of those going to student and school based groups.

A Lifetime Achievement Award and the Shining Star Award will also be awarded to community members.

YOVASO is a program of the Virginia State Police and funded by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Emergency bridge repairs on I-81

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Emergency bridge repairs will take place on Interstate 81 at exit 247 following a hit and run bridge strike on June 6th.

Repairs will begin in Harrisonburg at 8 pm on Saturday and continue into Sunday morning.

After the incident, inspections were made which showed surface beam damage but the ramps and bridges were safe for traffic.

VDOT crews will perform barrier placement, guardrail and curb work on the Route 33 bridge over I-81.

This work will leave the acceleration lane narrowed and shortened until the bridge is replaced.

VDOT plans to award contracts to replace both Route 33 bridges later this year.

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VSP investigates fatal crash in Rockingham County

Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred in Rockingham County on Thursday afternoon.

The crash was located along Interstate 81 at exit 245.

A Honda Accord ran into the back of a tractor trailer that had exited and stopped on the ramp.

The driver of the Honda, Selvin Turcios- Romero, 27, of Harrisonburg died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

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Youngkin acknowledges environmental excellence

Governor Glenn Youngkin acknowledged public and private sector groups for their environmental improvement efforts.

The ceremony took place during the Environment Virginia Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute and recognized 13 winners and two honorable mention projects.

Some highlighted projects include the City of Harrisonburg’s Urban Forestry program which seeks to maintain and grow the city’s native plant species, and Fauquier County’s River Trail which expanded public access and constructed new canoe and kayak launches.

For a full list of winning projects, head to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s website.

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VSP investigate a death in Harrisonburg

ABC News reports the finding of a body near James Madison University (JMU).

Virginia State Police (VSP) were called in by the JMU Police Department to assist in investigating the death of a male subject found near the school.

The body was discovered in the 2500 block of East Grace Street Harrisonburg.

The body has been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke for examination and identification.

At this stage of the investigation the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

Pending identification JMU officials do not believe the person is a student, faculty or staff member.

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The City of Winchester welcomes a new Zoning Administrator

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The City of Winchester’s social media page announced the hiring of Alfredo Velasquez.

Velasquez has taken the job as the new Zoning Administrator for the City of Winchester.

A 2017 graduate of James Madison University (JMU) Velasquez  holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography.

Velasquez formerly worked as the Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator and planner for the town of Front Royal.

Before working for Front Royal Velasquez was a systems analyst for the City of Harrisonburg.

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Virginia public works employee killed by falling tree limb

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By Associated Press | Published May 3, 2021 8:50 a.m.

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia public works employee was killed Friday when a falling tree limb struck the worker while on the job, according to officials.

The City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation employee was working alongside a public utility staffer at Riven Rock Park when the accident happened, officials said in a statement posted to Facebook.

The other worker called 911 and attempted to give the victim medical aid, but the employee did not survive.

“We are truly saddened by today’s events, and we are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community members at this difficult moment for our colleague’s loved ones and our City of Harrisonburg team – especially our Department of Parks and Recreation,” City Manager Eric D. Campbell said in the statement.

The worker was not identified and an exact cause of death was not immediately given.

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