VDOT Mobilizing Contractors To Stabilize Slope On Afton Mountain

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Photo By Justin Craig : A major rockslide blocked Route 250 just west of Route 151 on Afton Mountain. May 6, 2021. More work on the area will begin on April 11, 2022 to help prevent additional rockslides.
File Photo By Justin Craig : A major rockslide blocked Route 250 just west of Route 151 on Afton Mountain. May 6, 2021. More work on the area affected will begin on April 11, 2022.

Work will close two scenic view overlooks up to a month beginning April 11

From VDOT:

The Virginia Department of Transportation will begin a preventive project Monday, April 11, to shore up a section of Afton Mountain just beneath the scenic view overlook near mile marker 100 on Interstate 64 Eastbound and above U.S. 250 westbound (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) in Nelson County.

During work, VDOT will close access to both scenic overlooks to allow for equipment and work crews. At the onset, U.S. 250 will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic controlled by flaggers. Once concrete barriers are in place, VDOT will open that section of road to two lanes for eastbound and westbound traffic.

Engineers first identified the area as a possible problem spot during the spring of 2021. VDOT constantly monitors rock outcroppings near roadways by watching for rock movement and comparing photographs, taken over time, to detect changes.

The process to stabilize the mountainside involves drilling deep into the rock with bolts to secure a special mesh which will keep the outcropping in place. It will cost about $197,000.

U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) will remain open while the work is ongoing, which, weather permitting, will be completed in about a month.

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