Jason Bond 540-387-5493
July 17, 2014
TRAFFIC ALERT: VDOT BEGINS REPAIRS TO RETAINING WALL ON ROUTE 460 IN GILES COUNTY
Drivers should watch for flaggers on Route 460 during daytime hours and expect delays
SALEM – Weather permitting, the Virginia Department of Transportation will begin repairs to a 180-foot section of collapsed retaining wall on Route 460 in Giles County on Friday, July 18. The repairs are expected to take 7-10 days
The retaining wall is located along westbound Route 460 in the area known as “The Bluffs” between Narrows and Rich Creek, about four miles south of the West Virginia state line.
Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, including on weekends, to make the repairs. During these work hours, Route 460 traffic between Route 61 and Route 643 (Stateline Road) will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and flaggers and pilot trucks will be used to route two-way traffic into the eastbound lanes of Route 460.
During nighttime hours from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m., when repair work is not being performed, both eastbound lanes will be open to traffic and the left westbound lane will remain closed.
Since the wall collapsed on July 13, Route 460 traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction. The left eastbound and left westbound lanes of Route 460 are currently closed.
The repair work will involve stabilizing the rock slope behind the collapsed wall and replacing the wall’s fallen or cracked concrete.
Drivers are advised to expect delays on Route 460, watch for flaggers and pilot trucks and use caution.
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