Wednesday night’s heavy rains are taking a toll on some central Virginia roads. Route 20 just south of Charlottesville is closed after pipe failure and flood damage.
The damage is on both sides of the road where a 24-pinch pipe failed, causing the water to run under the road. Heavy cars crossing made it sink quickly.
The Virginia Department of Transportation said the four to five inches of rain Thursday night easily deteriorates the pavement. Crews say if cars would have continued to drive over the damage, it could have ended a lot worse.
"This road, eventually if heavy truck traffic continued to go across this road with this failure, this pavement would pretty much cave in eventually,” said Joel Denunzio of VDOT.
VDOT has set up a detour. It will be Route 29 south to Route 708 and back up to Route 20.
Crews are currently working to restore the road. VDOT says Route 20 could be closed throughout the weekend.
Virginia Department of Transportation Press Release
CULPEPER — Route 20 (Scottsville Road) remains closed south of Charlottesville due to a pipe failure and resulting flood damage. The Virginia Department of Transportation must wait for floodwaters to recede in order to start repair work and anticipates the closure will extend into the weekend.
The failed pipe is located between Route 53 (Thomas Jefferson Parkway) and Route 1150 (Mill Creek Drive).
A detour has been posted that carries motorists into and out of the City of Charlottesville using Route 29 southbound to Route 708 (Red Hill Road) and back to Route 20.
Message boards will be posted on Interstate 64 and in the city to notify motorists of the closure.
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel website, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 1-800-367-7623 24 hours a day to report highway-related problems or request information about Virginia’s highways.