Paula K. Jones 434-856-8176
Oct. 14, 2018
ROADS CLOSED ACROSS DISTRICT, MAJOR DETOURS IN USE
VDOT encourages planning for Monday morning commute
LYNCHBURG —(4 pm) Road conditions have improved across the Lynchburg District this weekend; however, approximately 140 roads remain closed from the effects of Tropical Storm Michael late last week.
Motorists, particularly those in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties, should prepare now for their morning commute. Several detours are in place and can be expected to add time to travel. In addition, caution is urged as some may be unfamiliar with the routes being used.
Inspection crews continue to evaluate structures as floodwaters recede. It is expected that within the next 24 to 48 hours, water will recede enough to allow this work to be completed and any repair plans developed.
In the meantime, staff is continuing to remove debris and trees, in conjunction with our utility company partners, and do restorative work, including shoulder repairs and fixing washed out roads.
As of 4 p.m., no roads are closed in Amherst, Buckingham or Nelson counties as a result of the storm, while Appomattox and Campbell counties have one secondary route each closed because of downed power lines.
VA 40 in Charlotte County is flooded. A number of secondary routes are closed due to power lines, trees, or washouts.
No primary routes (those numbered 599 and above) are closed in Cumberland County; however, 13 secondary roads remain closed, including several which are washed out and will require repair.
In Halifax County, seven primary and over 50 secondary routes are closed. There is a significant detour in place on US 58 at US 501 at Riverdale. The intersection is closed due to flooding and floodwaters are slowly receding. It is anticipated that the current detour will be removed and the road reopened this evening or during the overnight hours. In the meantime, traffic is using Routes 58, 708, 658, 501, 744, 743 and 742 back to 58 to bypass the flooding.
Also, in Halifax County, US 360 at Difficult Creek remains open but with reduced travel lanes. Repairs are underway to the westbound structure and the current travel configuration will remain in place for an extended period of time.
In Pittsylvania County four primary and 25 secondary roads are closed. US 58 at Sandy Creek remains closed due to flooding. Preliminary evaluations indicate that repairs will be needed and could start as early as tomorrow and last for an extended period. The detour for this closure is from Route 58 to Route 62 to Route 57 and Route 119 back to 58.
Prince Edward County has no primary roads closed; however, around 30 secondary roads remain closed, including ten due to washout.
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