Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Oct. 1, 2015
TRAFFIC ALERT: ROUTE 58 IN PATRICK COUNTY ON LOVERS LEAP MOUNTAIN TO BE CLOSED STARTING FRIDAY
SALEM – About three miles of Route 58 (Jeb Stuart Highway) on Lovers Leap Mountain in Patrick County, Virginia, will close on Friday, Oct. 2. The closure is anticipated to start sometime in the late morning hours.
The Route 58 closure will be located about six miles east of Meadows of Dan and approximately 30 miles east of Interstate 77. The impacted section of Route 58 starts just east of Route 640 (Central Academy Road) and extends to the scenic overlook atop Lovers Leap Mountain.
Heavy rainfall has damaged slopes along Route 58. Repair work has not been completed and additional rainfall is expected to cause more damage over the next few days.
Route 58 on Lovers Leap Mountain has been reduced to one lane with eastbound and westbound traffic alternating to use the single open lane since Tuesday, Sept. 29. Pilot trucks and flaggers have been controlling traffic around the clock.
Starting Friday, Oct. 2, Route 58 will be closed and traffic will need to detour. Signs and electronic message boards will be in place at the turning points along the posted detour route.
Eastbound Route 58 traffic will use southbound Interstate 77 into North Carolina to exit 100 (Galax) onto eastbound Route 89. Continue on Route 89 for nine miles, while following signs for Route 89 through Mount Airy, North Carolina, and then turn onto northbound Route 103. Stay on Route 103 for 22 miles and turn onto northbound Route 8 to travel through Stuart to return to Route 58.
Westbound Route 58 traffic will take southbound Route 8 to travel through Stuart and turn onto southbound Route 103. Stay on Route 103 for 22 miles and turn right onto Route 89. Follow signs for Route 89 through the town of Mount Airy, North Carolina, and travel approximately nine miles to access northbound I-77. Travel north on I-77 for 21 miles into Virginia and use exit 14 (Hillsville) to return to Route 58.
No exact time frame for completing the repairs and reopening Route 58 has been determined, but motorists should expect it to be several days. Any damage from additional rainfall will slow down repairs.
Once implemented, for traffic information on the closure, visit www.511Virginia.org.
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