Rockslide blocks 522 west of Winchester

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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. 

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New 522 bridge scheduled to open

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The new bridge over Opequon Creek on Route 522 southbound in Frederick County is scheduled to begin being used on August 30th.

Replacement of the bridge began in the Fall of 2021.

Throughout construction, motorists used temporary travel lanes to share the northbound bridge.

Only the right will open initially as contractors remove the crossover and complete the project’s final steps.

The bridge is expected to fully open both lanes in two weeks.

The project was completed by Fairfield-Echols LLC of Fishersville after being awarded the $2.2 million contract in July 2021.

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Delays expected near VA-WV line tonight 8/17

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Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 81 near the Virginia-West Virginia line may experience traffic delays this week with pavement repair scheduled in West Virginia.

The first work period will take place in the overnight tonight Aug. 17 from midnight to 6 am with minimal delays expected.

The second work period will begin at 6 pm on Wed. Aug. 17 until midday Thurs. Aug. 18  with significant delays anticipated.

Drivers entering 81 from exit 323 will come to a complete stop before entering the interstate.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will monitor traffic backups and may recommend alternate routes if necessary.

Alternate routes may include Route 37 to 522 northbound or connecting to Route 340 from Route 7 or I-66.

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Intermittent closures for Route 522

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Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will start intermittent closures of Route 522 South throughout the day on Monday.

Contractors will be unloading steel girders at Opequon Creek Bridge.

The work will shut down 522 for approximately 15 minutes each time.

The stoppages will be between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

Motorists may consider taking alternate routes between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..

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Rt. 522 shutdown in both directions Sunday night

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Route 522 was shutdown in both directions last night Sun. May 2 as utility crews and authorities cleared an accident near the Winchester City limits.

The accident occurred at approximately 9 p.m. near Fairmont Ave.

Multiple power lines and poles were knocked down causing power outages for approximately 8 hours.

The accident remains under investigation.

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