2013-04-24 / News Briefs


Hull Street, Midlo Turnpike due for resurfacing
Michael Buettner

Two of Chesterfield County’s busiest highways are among the roads scheduled for resurfacing this summer in the Virginia Department of Transportation’s annual list of projects.

VDOT said it will spend about $68 million to resurface 984 lane miles of state-maintained routes in the Richmond region during the 2013 season, which runs between April and November.

Richmond area interstates will receive about $48.5 million in pavement resurfacing, including 87 lane miles of asphalt pavement and 43 lane miles of concrete pavement repairs. The interstate projects will include Interstate 95 in Hanover County and Henrico County but none in Chesterfield.

Primary routes across the region will receive 84 lane miles of repairs and resurfacing treatments totaling $9 million. The Chesterfield projects will include Midlothian Turnpike (Route 60) eastbound between Otterdale Road and Coalfield Road, and two stretches of Hull Street Road (Route 360) westbound: between Baldwin Creek Road and Otterdale Road, and between Courthouse Road and Gregory Pond Road.

Secondary routes in the region will receive more than 770 lane miles of resurfacing totaling $10.5 million. These state-maintained roads are numbered 600 and above and are typically neighborhood or low-volume roads. In Chesterfield, more than 200 road segments are scheduled for treatment.

The vast majority of secondary roads will receive patching followed by a slurry seal, a type of pavement sealant that consists of liquid asphalt, cement, lime, fine aggregates and water. It is applied as a thin layer over the existing surface. In order to give the new surface time to harden, drivers are shifted to other travel lanes or encouraged to use an alternate route for several hours.

Johnson Johnson Police search for fugitive contractor

Chesterfield County Police are asking for the public’s help finding a Henrico County contractor who is accused of defrauding homeowners.

Police said Mark Howard Johnson, 55, is wanted on a charge of construction fraud and is considered a fugitive.

Johnson’s window-installation company, Glen Allen-based Clear Choice Richmond, is under investigation by the State Board for Contractors, which has received four complaints from customers.

The Richmond office of the Better Business Bureau has received five complaints about the company, four of which it considers “serious.” The organization said it “has received a recent pattern of complaints [alleging] the company is taking money up front ranging from $125-$1,800 to perform services, failure to perform promised services, failure to issue refunds to consumers and failure to return calls to consumers. The BBB has contacted the company in regards to the pattern of complaints and … has not received a response.”

Johnson is a white male, 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair. Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748-0660, submit a tip electronically at or text a tip by texting “WATSON” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

Two men sought in theft of floor buffer

Crime Solvers is asking for the public’s help in identifying two men who walked off with a local grocery store’s floor-polishing machine.

Police said two white males entered the Martin’s Food Markets store at 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway, in the Bermuda Square shopping center, around 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. The men told store employees they were there to service a floor buffer.

A few minutes after they entered the store, one of the men pushed the buffer – a silver industrial-model propane-fired machine – out the store’s front door.

One suspect is described as 35 to 50 years old and was wearing a blue and gray jacket, jeans and a brown belt at the time of the theft. The other suspect is described as 45 to 65 years old and was wearing a green jacket, light khaki pants and a black knit cap.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at 748- 0660, submit a tip electronically at or text a tip by texting “WATSON” plus the tip to CRIMES (274637).

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