Rt. 340 officially re-opens at Harpers Ferry Dec. 1

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced the official reopening of Route 340 in Harpers Ferry.

Thursday November 30 final preparations were performed as lanes were swept and lines were painted.

The reopening is 10 days ahead of the original completion date of December 10.

Crews have been stabilizing and removing loose rocks from the cliffside along the one-mile stretch of Route 340 between the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers since September 12.

Several times during the project rocks unexpectedly fell onto the road.

That prompted the West Virginia Department of Transportation to opt to close the road completely until rocks were removed and mesh barriers and fences were completely installed.

U.S. Route 340 was completed in the mid 1950’s with the cut slopes producing rock towers above the roadway as high as 150 to 300 feet above the road.

In all more than 1,500 cubic yards of rock or over 2,000 tons of rock have been removed during this most recent project.

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