VDOT Closes Both Lanes of Dick Woods Road in Cville
Dick Woods Road in Charlottesville
Strong storms and heavy rains have added up and now some central Virginia roads are washed out.
That includes a residential Albemarle County Road, which is making life tough for the people who live there. Severe storms Thursday night left a hole in Dick Woods Road and a mess for neighbors and crews to clean up.
The storms rose to a whole new level for Kevin Hensley, who has lived at his home on Dick Woods Road for 26 years.
"Walking across the yard, I was knee-deep in water. It was pretty intense and I mean my wife was ready to leave," Hensley said.
Hensley says the high water flooded his yard, covered his cars, and washed items left outside around his house into the woods nearby. But he says the broken road up the street was a blessing.
"When the road collapsed down there, it opened it up and allowed the water out and that's when it started draining out of the yard. So that was actually a blessing for us. That helped," Hensley said. "If that hadn't happened, as hard as it was still raining, we may have gotten water in the house, but we didn't."
VDOT crews are now trying to repair and reopen Dick Woods Road. The road washed out after two 60-inch pipes busted from the water pressure.
"They washed out, washed the road with them and they're about 50 yards downstream there and then the road continued to wash out. So we got out last night, closed the road down and this morning we're getting everybody in line to go ahead and replace those culverts," said Joel Denunzio, VDOT residency administrator.
Crews and neighbors like Hensley are now picking up the pieces.
"Cleaning up, getting the driveway back in shape. Try to get some of this sand from the creek raked out of the yard and basically got to put things back together," Hensley said.
The road will be closed until VDOT crews can get a new set of pipes in place.
They are working on it Friday night, with the goal of having the road patched up and open by Saturday.
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority Press Release
Charlottesville, VA (Friday, July 12, 2013) – The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority announced today that it remains open on its normal schedule, but the public must use a detour to reach the facility. The detour is necessary because VDOT has closed both lanes of Dick Woods Road (Rt. 637) just east of the Material Utilization Center. The road washed out overnight due to recent heavy rains and flooding; VDOT is assessing the situation but not yet determined when the road will reopen.
"We regret the inconvenience, but this is an unavoidable situation resulting from excessive rainfall," stated Mr. Tom Frederick, Executive Director. "We appreciate everyone's patience in using the detours until VDOT can safely reopen Dick Woods Road."
The rain gauge at the Ivy Material Utilization Center measured over four inches of rain overnight.
The Ivy Material Utilization Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The Center is closed on Sunday and Monday.
RSWA hope to have an estimated time of repair from the Virginia Department of Transportation as soon as possible.
For maps and detailed directions to RSWA using the detour, click here.
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