VDOT Extends Hours to Finish Afton Mountain Soil Project
The extended hours that start Monday morning also stretch late into the evening.
Commuters who make the drive over Afton Mountain should prepare for more frustration during their morning commute.
VDOT's soil removal project that shuts down Interstate 64 on-and-off throughout the day will continue Monday. But the times are different this time around.
VDOT says the interstate will be shut down entirely between Waynesboro and Crozet from 6:30 until 7:45 a.m. Monday. Commuters who travel over Afton Mountain during that time period will most likely be stuck or detoured off the interstate.
VDOT is telling drivers heading east from Waynesboro to get over the top of the mountain before 6:30 a.m. or wait until after 7:45. The other option is to take Route 250 over to Crozet.
Commuters are still going to want to give themselves extra time, because VDOT expects 250 will be especially busy. Crews are starting the work extra early each morning this week through Thursday because they say the extra hours will help them finish the project sooner.
"We're trying to get this done as quickly as possible, we recognize it's a significant inconvenience for people and we're also concerned that the longer the soils stays up there the greater the risk we have of an uncontrolled slide of some of that material down the mountain," said VDOT spokesman Lou Hatter.
Crews have been working on the project to remove unstable soil from Afton Mountain for several weeks. Hatter said the work could even continue into next week.
The extended hours that start Monday morning also stretch late into the evening. VDOT says work will end no later than 8:30 each night.
Sign Up for Email Alerts
Sign up to receive NBC29 news and weather updates in your inbox daily.