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VDOT: Major Virginia route to be shut down until mid-summer after intense weekend rain

VDOT: Major Virginia route to be shut down until mid-summer after intense weekend rain. (Courtesy of VDOT)

A portion of a major route in Fredericksburg will be shut down for emergency repairs Tuesday after heavy weekend rainfall and is expected to remain closed through mid-June, officials said.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, Route 608 (Benchmark Road) will be closed between Route 17 and Mine Road after intense damage was done to three drainage pipes.

"The rainwater has opened up a hole along the pavement edge measuring 5 feet wide, 14 feet long, and 8 feet deep," VDOT states in a news release on their website.

VDOT suggests taken Route 2 (Tidewater Trail) or Route 17 (Mills Drive) as an alternative.

“We regret the additional travel time and inconvenience this emergency road closure will cause for drivers,” Robbie Prezioso, P.E, VDOT Assistant District Administrator for Maintenance, Fredericksburg District stated in a press release. “Due to the condition of the pipes and the pavement, closing the road is necessary for motorist safety. We will use every tool we have to accelerate construction and re-open this important connector road as soon as we can.”

Below is a map of the detour route provided by VDOT. If you are using the app, click here to see it.








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