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Sept. 10, 2014


STAUNTON – The Virginia Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of South Durant Road (Route 154) in Covington from Tuesday, September 16 to Friday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.  The closure extends from the intersection of Thacker Avenue to the intersection with West Jackson Street/South Willis Avenue.


Motorists can use the following detours:

  • Traffic on the south side of the work zone will bear right on West Jackson Street, left on South Rayon Drive, left on West Edgemont Drive, left on South Carpenter Drive (Route 18), left on South Monroe Avenue (Route 60), left on East Chestnut Street and then left onto South Durant Road.
  • Traffic on the north side of the work zone will turn right on East Chestnut Street, right on South Monroe Avenue (Route 60), right on South Carpenter Drive (Route 18), right on West Edgemont Drive, right on South Rayon Drive, and right on West Jackson Street to return to South Durant Road.


This closure is for geotechnical work.  Crews will be in the area taking samples through a soil- and rock-boring process. This work may cause debris to fall on the roadway.


The geotechnical work is part of the design process for the Durant Road project. Project work includes adding a sidewalk to the left side of the road and adding a pedestrian cross walk. This project is 0.385-mile long and is located in the Thacker Avenue area.


All work is weather permitting.


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


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