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Feb. 4, 2010



VDOT HIRES CONTRACTOR TO REMOVE DEBRIS FROM ROCK SLIDES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Two-way traffic is moving on Route 636 and Route 638; additional clean up will be scheduled

SALEM – The Virginia Department of Transportation has hired a contractor to remove debris from two roads in Montgomery County that were closed last week due to mud and rock slides. VDOT has reopened both Route 636 (Friendship Road) and Route 638 (Georges Run Road) to two-way traffic, but there is rock and debris remaining on these two roads that will be moved once weather and conditions allow. 

C R Henderson from Pearisburg has been awarded two emergency repair contracts totaling approximately $43,860 to break up the rock material, remove it and dispose of it.  The contractor will remove the remaining rock from both Route 636 and Route 638.

On Monday, Jan. 25, heavy rains caused a rock and mud slide to occur on Route 636 (Friendship Road) in Shawsville with approximately 5,000 cubic yards of rock and material blocking the road.  VDOT was able to break up about 1,000 cubic yards of the smaller rocks and push them to the side, so the road could be reopened to two-way traffic on Jan. 25.  About 4,000 cubic yards of material still needs to be removed.

On Sunday, Jan. 31, a rock slide occurred on Route 638 (Georges Run Road) during a heavy snow with about 1,500 cubic yards of material blocking the road.  VDOT was able to break up enough material and push it to the side, so the road could be reopened to two-way traffic.  The detour was removed on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m.  Among the remaining debris on Route 638, there is a large boulder that measures approximately 200 cubic yards that will need to be broken up and removed.



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