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UPDATE: Dick Woods Road Back Open

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Crews at Dick Woods Road in Charlottesville Crews at Dick Woods Road in Charlottesville

An Albemarle County road that was completely washed out from heavy storms last week is now back open. A large ditch that opened last week along Dick Woods Road is now filled with about 400 tons of stone.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says the area will still be a work zone. One lane will be closed Tuesday as crews remove the steel pipes that broke and caused the road to collapse in the first place. Paving work is set to take place next week.

"We're going to let the stone sit here for a while, and it will compact as traffic.  We'll keep our eye on it.  It will probably dip a little bit.  We'll keep adding stone.  Then, next Tuesday we'll come and mill out some of the stone and put our asphalt layers in," said Joel Denunzio, VDOT residency administrator.

Crews chose to order new plastic support pipes instead of steel for the road because they should last longer.

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