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U.S. 250 REMAINS CLOSED ON AFTON MOUNTAIN DUE TO ROCKSLIDE : Update 5:45 PM – 5.5.21

[ 0 ] May 3, 2021 |

Photo courtesy of Nicole Kail Henry : VDOT crews work late Monday afternoon to clear a rockslide from Route 250 Afton Mountain about 1 mile west of the 250-151 intersection. May 3, 2021

Route 250 – Albemarle County Near The Nelson County Line

Latest update from VDOT 4.5.21 – 5:45 PM

U.S. 250 CLOSURE ON AFTON MOUNTAIN WILL CONTINUE

Work to remove slide material, stabilize slope will require extended road closure

CULPEPER — U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) will be closed for an extended period between Route 6 (Afton Mountain Road) east of the summit of Afton Mountain and Route 750 (Old Turnpike Road) just west of the Rockfish Gap Country Store. On Wednesday rocks, soil and debris continue to slide down the steep slope to the ditch line and into the roadway. The slide began at midday Monday and required closing U.S. 250 to traffic.

Geologists and engineers with the Virginia Department of Transportation are continuing their assessment of the site and the extent of the slide area. Then they can determine how to safely remove debris from the road as well as unstable material still on the slope above the road. The slope must also be stabilized before the road can be reopened to traffic.

At this time there is no estimate of how long the road may be closed. Soil conditions and weather may affect the time needed to complete the project.

Motorists should use Interstate 64 as the only route over Afton Mountain in this area. Exit 99 onto U.S. 250 from I-64 at the summit of Afton Mountain is open to traffic in both directions, however U.S. 250 is closed at the Route 6 intersection, 1.4 miles east of Exit 99. Route 6 is open to passenger vehicles butrestricted to tractor-trailers unless they are making local deliveries.

Current traffic conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

 

Latest update from VDOT 5.4.21 – 7:45 AM:

U.S. 250 REMAINS CLOSED ON AFTON MOUNTAIN DUE TO ROCK SLIDE
Use I-64 as alternate route between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151
CULPEPER — U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) remains closed between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151 (Critzer Shop Road) due to a rock slide that partially blocked the road Monday afternoon. On Monday evening rocks and trees continued to slide down the slope to the roadway.

Geologists and engineers with the Virginia Department of Transportation will be on-site Tuesday morning to assess the extent of the slide and how to remove the material from the road. The slope must also be stabilized before the road can be reopened to traffic.

At this time it is not known how long U.S. 250 will be closed, but motorists should anticipate using Interstate 64 as the only route over Afton Mountain at least through Tuesday. More information about the duration of the closure will be provided once an assessment of the situation is completed.

Current traffic conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

Duplicate update from VDOT 4:53 PM

U.S. 250 CLOSED ON AFTON MOUNTAIN DUE TO ROCK SLIDE
Use I-64 as alternate route between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151
CULPEPER — U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) is closed between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151 (Critzer Shop Road) due to a rock slide earlier this afternoon. Personnel from the Virginia Department of Transportation are on the scene assessing the extent of the slide and how to remove the material from the road and ensure the slope is stabilized.

At this time it is not known how long U.S. 250 will be closed, but motorists should anticipate using Interstate 64 as the only route over Afton Mountain through Tuesday. More information about the duration of the closure will be provided once an assessment of the situation is completed.

Current traffic conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

Via VDOT:

U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) is closed between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151 (Critzer Shop Road) due to a rock slide earlier this afternoon. Personnel from the Virginia Department of Transportation are on the scene assessing the extent of the slide and how to remove the material from the road and ensure the slope is stabilized.

At this time it is not known how long U.S. 250 will be closed, but motorists should anticipate using Interstate 64 as the only route over Afton Mountain through Tuesday. More information about the duration of the closure will be provided once an assessment of the situation is completed.

Current traffic conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginiawebsite, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.

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