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April 20, 2009


STAUNTON – A rockslide on Route 39 in Rockbridge County is causing the road to be closed, from Route 252 to Route 729, for an extended period of time. The slide, which occurred the morning of April 20, is located .5 mile west of Route 252. Heavy rain occurred on the morning of April 20 in the area of the slide.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials will need to examine the area and develop a repair plan. Officials at the site say that due to the extensive nature of the slide and the rough terrain it is likely repairs could take a long time, causing the road to remain closed until repairs are complete.

The VDOT will set up a detour. Tractor trailer trucks should take Interstate 64 to exit 43 at Route 780 (Brattons Run).  Take Route 780 to Route 39. Map >

Local automobile traffic should use the following detour: Map >

Westbound Route 39 traffic should take:
  • Route 39 turn right onto Route 252 (Brownsburg Turnpike)
  • Route 252 turn left onto Route 712 (Bustleburg Road)
  • Route 712 turn left onto Route 729 (Back Draft Road)
  • Route 729 turn right onto Route 39

Eastbound Route 39 traffic should take:

  • Route 39 turn left onto Route 729
  • Route 729 turn right onto Route 712
  • Route 712 turn right onto Route 252
  • Route 252 turn left onto Route 39.

The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

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