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May 27, 2009
WORK BEGINS AT ROUTE 629 ROCK SLIDE IN AUGUSTA COUNTY
STAUNTON – Crews have started work along Route 629 (Deerfield Valley Road) in Augusta County. Route 629 is closed between Route 250 and Route 716 (West Augusta Road) due to a rock slide. This location is in western Augusta County.
On May 27, crews from General Excavation Inc. of Warrenton (GEI) began operations at the site. A temporary road is being constructed to the top of the slope. Once the road is complete crews will begin excavating the slope from the top down, removing a portion of the slope to stabilize the area. As the excavation continues a re-evaluation of the slope will be made to determine the final depth of the excavation.
Material from the slope is being placed on the project site. Trucks at this work zone will remain within the project limits and will not travel on state roads as part of the daily work in the area. This will allow the work to proceed efficiently and not conflict with local traffic.
Route 629 will remain closed for approximately two weeks to a month, depending on the progress of the excavation work. Excavation work is projected to continue for a few weeks once the road is reopened to the public. The entire project will last a minimum of one month and could extend a few weeks more depending on the slope evaluation, progress of work and weather conditions.
Motorists can use Route 716 to connect to Route 250 and Route 629.
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