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Neighbors Speak out on Poor Road Conditions on Route 609

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Neighbors along a rural stretch of Route 609 in Greene County say poor road conditions are becoming a public safety issue after a truck carrying thousands of gallons of diesel fuel overturned Thursday morning.

Thursday’s accident shut down the road for close to 16 hours as crews hand pumped thousands of gallons of fuel out of harm's way. Poor road conditions might have played a role in the accident, and neighbors are concerned about what might happen next.

“It's part of the problem because the road, there's no shoulder there,” said Grady Haney, a concerned neighbor. “It took them from about 4:30 to about 9:30 last night, 14 or 16 hours."

Luckily no one was hurt, and none of the diesel fuel inside the truck leaked out. By Friday morning, it almost looked as if nothing had happened at all.

“They've come here and tried to make an effort to get this shoulder built up, so if anything hits it they won't be dropping over,” said Haney.

Haney says the road looks better than it did Thursday, but still says it’s far from a solution.

NBC29’s Ed Sykes, who was on scene Friday, says the road isn’t in terrible shape but that the gullies and ravines on the sides of the road could potentially cause issues for drivers. Neighbors in this area have even resorted to creating their own signs warning drivers about those potential dangers.

“I'm concerned about the school buses that travel this road every day, morning, night. I'm concerned about the people that travel this road,” said Haney.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says heavy rains during the past month have led to erosion on Route 609, and roads across the state, and they're working on it.

But when it comes to the safety of you and your neighbors, Haney says every second counts.

“Once this happens, it needs to be corrected. It's not going to resolve its own problem; it's got to be fixed,” said Haney.

VDOT says it's aware of the erosion issues along 609, and they are on a list of scheduled repairs and maintenance, but crews are dealing with a backlog of other repairs, including completely washed out roads, which means it could be some time before improvements are completely.

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