Blue Ridge Parkway
Near the Nelson / Augusta County Line
By Tommy Stafford
For years we’ve been telling you about the problem with semi trucks getting stuck on mountain crossings here in Nelson. Lately that number seems to be on the increase. Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets says it’s easily been over a dozen this year.
“If you include Brents that’s absolutely true for past 90 days.”
Chief Sheets is referring to the mountain at Brents Gap where the problem is just about as bad.
Wednesday morning’s was unique this time around. Two semi trucks were stuck side by side at Reeds Gap.
It became quite the discussion on our Facebook page. (Click on the comment icon below the post to see discussion.)
And from our Twitter page.
Move your scorecard forward two spaces this morning. Two, yes, two semis now stuck on Reeds Gap / Route 664. HT @WTGFireRescue for the photo. pic.twitter.com/oYuGd3zZQe
— Tommy Stafford (@thstaff) October 21, 2020
Chief Sheets said it’s apparently now gotten the attention of VDOT.
“A lot of them end up handled by admin either coming to work or going home. So, they don’t all get logged. We believe we have handled 11 in the past 90 days. VDOT called and asked the same question.”
Here’s some archives from other events on Reeds Gap and Brents Gap.
We’ll update as we know more on what, if any, resolutions will be in the works.