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A rockslide has blocked all northbound lanes on Route 522 west of Winchester near Hunting Ridge Road.
The four-lane highway is divided in this section so crews are setting up a detour to provide a single southbound and northbound lane through the area.
This traffic pattern will continue until the rockslide can be removed.
VDOT consulted with geologist about the safest and fastest way to remedy the situation.
Geologist content that removing the rocks from the top down would be the best solution.
This process could take as long as a month or more.
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office recommends continued caution and patience through the period until the road is cleared.
Up to date traffic alerts and information can be found at 511Virginia.org.
Commerce Avenue will be closed to traffic on Monday, July 25th from 9 am to 1 pm.
Kickin’ Asphalt is contracted to mill and repave the the portion of Commerce Avenue between 6th Street and Royal Avenue.
Motorists will be directed to a detour down 6th Street to Royal Avenue.
Signs will be posted and drivers should be aware of the crews working in the area.
For any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 540-635-7819 or the After-Hours Non-Emergency Police line at 540-635-2111.