Road Closure, Tax Free Weekend, National Night Out, & More

August marks the last month of summer. As families take their final vacations and students begin to prepare for the coming school year, I wanted to pass along some helpful information to 66th district residents.

Road Closure

Starting today (August 1st), CSX will begin a rail construction project where the tracks cross Brander’s Bridge Road (Rte. 625) west of the Boulevard (US 1/301). Accordingly, traffic at this intersection will be limited to one lane. (A full road closure will take place at a later, to be determined date.) Flaggers will be present to control traffic.

If you travel on this portion of Brander’s Bridge Road, consider adding a few minutes to your commute and/or taking an alternate route.

Click here to view the full press release on the road closure.

Back-to-School Tax Free Weekend

The annual back-to-school tax free weekend is August 5-7, 2016. Tax free items include select clothing, shoes, and school supplies. This is a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming school year while saving some money.

To view a more comprehensive list of tax free items, click here.

National Night Out

national night out 2016 logo

Tomorrow (August 2nd) is National Night Out, an evening for citizens to go outside and interact with their neighbors and law enforcement officials that work hard to keep our community safe. I encourage you to find an event near you and participate in this nationwide event. I will be riding along with police officers in Chesterfield–if you see me, say hello!

To view a list of events in Chesterfield County, click here.

Colonial Heights will host a similar event called Celebrate Safe Communities Night later in the fall.

Fort Lee Gate Changes

Starting August 6th, weekend visitors to Fort Lee will not be able to access the base via the Sisisky Boulevard Gate. Additionally, the Mahone Avenue Gate on U.S. Route 460 will be closed on weekends and federal holidays. Instead, visitors will need to use the Lee Avenue Gate located on Route 36. The Sisisky Boulevard Gate will continue to operate 24/7 for those with proper military identification and will have visitor access during weekdays.

Click here for more information regarding access to Fort Lee.

House Page Program

Applications for the 2017 House of Delegates page program are now open. The program, open to middle schoolers aged 13 and 14, allows students to see how the House of Delegates operate up close and personal. Pages are full-time, paid staff of the House Clerk’s office. While pages are not physically attending classes while working, they have nightly study halls.

Click here to read FAQs about the House page program.

Del. Cox presents Neil Baptiste, 2016 House Page from the 66th District, with a composite of General Assembly members, staff, and pages.

Pages are appointed by the Speaker and must have a recommendation from their Delegate and their school’s principal. Many outstanding student from the 66th district have served in this position and I hope to see another district resident at the 2017 session. To apply, click here.

Stay Cool in August

With temperatures consistently above 90 degrees, it’s important to stay cool in order to protect your health. In this sweltering weather, heat stroke is a common occurrence. Warning signs of heat stroke include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, or clammy skin; a fast or weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. If you experience these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away.

To read more about heat stroke and ways to stay cool, click here.

In closing, you can contact me at my home office by emailing or by calling 804-526-5135, by US mail – PO Box 1205, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – or by stopping by my Colonial Heights office at 250B East Ellerslie Avenue. I appreciate your views on legislation that will help me do a better job for the people I represent.

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