Emergency work required closing the right lane of westbound I-64 from milepost 103 to milepost 100.
Those traveling on Interstate 64 Monday called it downright frustrating.
VDOT blocked off a portion of the interstate for some emergency work, causing plenty of headaches for drivers. And the work isn't over yet.
People had no problem sounding off. They don't mind the road closures; they just wish there was more of a heads up.
"Richmond at 1:30 - not gonna happen. I live in Waynesboro," said driver Jim Young.
For drivers like Young, if they had to describe their morning commute, frustration would be an understatement.
Drivers trying to go as far away as Richmond encountered detour after detour as parts of I-64 were closed for as long as 45 minutes at a time.
VDOT crews were working to remove areas of unstable soil from around Afton Mountain. But what was especially frustrating for drivers was that the alternate route, 250, wasn't much help either.
"The gentleman said ‘you need to get onto 250,' and I said OK well I can do that, and I get up here at the intersection of 250 on top of Afton Mountain and that's blocked too. When I get down to Crozet is that going to be blocked too?" Young said. "So we had to get off an exit come through Waynesboro and now I'm coming through this way on Afton Mountain and I'm getting all turned around."
Despite the anger and frustration, there was one man with a smile.
"It detours the cars right by my business, so that's gotta help," said Ronald King, owner of King's Gourmet Popcorn in Afton.
King's Gourmet Popcorn happens to be right in the middle of the detour.
"This is the most I've seen on a Monday ever, so it's been a pretty good amount of traffic," King said.
King says he's sorry for the inconvenience, but knowing that the closures will continue through Thursday, he is more than happy to provide directions along with a few sales.
The lane closures will happen until 7 p.m.
VDOT says the exact times for the closures will vary daily, but assures the restrictions will not begin before 9 a.m., the peak time for the morning commute.
Virginia Department of Transportation MEDIA RELEASE
EMERGENCY WORK BEGINS TO REMOVE UNSTABLE SOIL NEAR I-64
Afton Mountain project will require intermittent traffic restrictions beginning Monday, April 22
CULPEPER – The Virginia Department of Transportation is beginning work to remove an unstable area of soil on Afton Mountain above Interstate 64 at milepost 100.3. The emergency work will require closing the right lane of westbound I-64 from milepost 103 to milepost 100.
Beginning today the westbound right lane and shoulder will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Message boards along I-64 are advising motorists of the closure and expected congestion in the area.
Starting Monday, April 22, approximately four times each day, traffic on I-64 will be restricted in both directions for 30-45 minutes. The restrictions will be in effect from Exit 114 at Ivy to Exit 99 at Afton. Drivers should expect significant congestion and delays; passenger vehicles are encouraged to use Route 250 as an alternate route. Those intermittent restrictions will continue through Thursday, April 25.
Motorists should check VDOT's traffic information web site, www.511virginia.org, or call 511 for real-time information about traffic conditions and delays.