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The Rockslide Repair Project along U.S. 340 near Harpers Ferry provided an update over the weekend.
The repairs are estimated at 65% completion and currently on schedule to be finished by December 10th, 2023.
Contracting crews have removed loose rocks and boulders from the mountainside above the roadway since September.
The one mile section of 340 has remained closed for motorist’s safety during the duration of the work by the West Virginia Department of Transportation as boulders the size of cars have fallen during the work, sometimes unexpectedly.
Since September, more than 1,500 cubic yards of rock totaling 2,300 tons have been removed.
Until the work is completed, motorists will need to plan to continue to use the 22 mile, 35 minute long detour.
A link to the project’s website which includes picture updates of the repairs is available here.
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.