FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - 10/29/2018: Crews have finished the emergency culvert replacement project on Route 616 (Union Mills Road) in Fluvanna County. The road is open to traffic. (VDOT)


Part of a roadway on Union Mills Road in Fluvanna County crumbed on Tuesday morning as a result of heavy overnight rains from remnants of Tropical Storm Florence.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, a pipe that carries water under the roadway washed out near Meade Lane. Engineers are headed to the scene to evaluate the road and determine what needs to happen to reopen the road.

The closure of Union Mills Road has proved to be a challenge for people trying to get to parts of Fluvanna County.

"That's our primary route to Charlottesville, so now instead of leaving and heading west towards Charlottesville, we will now have to go east a couple miles then back out to Zion Crossroads to take 64 which is the only other alternative route that we have out here," said Fluvanna resident William McCorkle.

People living near the washout said the detour around the area could add an additional 20 minutes to their commute when going places.

Route 15 had a similar washout issue on Tuesday morning, but VDOT was able to make repairs and open the road before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.


Press Release from the Virginia Department of Transportation:

CULPEPER — VDOT has completed repairs on Route 15 (James Madison Highway) between Route 250 (Richmond Road) and Route 631 (Troy Road) in Fluvanna County. A portion of the road washed out during heavy rain overnight Monday.  

Route 616 (Union Mills Road) remains closed between Route 15 and Route 600 (South Boston Road) due to a washout. VDOT crews are on scene assessing damage.

As of 10:45 a.m., 34 secondary roads are closed in the Culpeper District. Many roads will likely reopen later today as water levels fall and VDOT inspects the flooded sections to make sure they are safe for travel.

VDOT reminds motorists to never drive through water flowing across a roadway or around closure barricades. Six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet; 12 inches will sweep a car off the roadway. 

Drivers should check www.511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for updated information about the road closures and follow @VaDOTCULP on Twitter for updates.

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.


CULPEPER — Route 15 (James Madison Highway) is closed between Route 250 (Richmond Road) and Route 631 (Troy Road) in Fluvanna County due to a washout caused by heavy rains as the remnants of Florence passed through the area overnight Monday.  

Northbound Route 15 motorists are being diverted onto Route 631 to Route 250. Southbound drivers are using Route 617 (Little Creek Rd.) to Route 631 to get around the closure.

Route 616 (Union Mills Road) is also closed between Route 15 and Route 600 (South Boston Road) due to a washout.

As of 5:45 a.m., 30 secondary roads are closed in the Culpeper District. Many roads will likely reopen later today as water levels fall and VDOT inspects the flooded sections to make sure they are safe for travel.

VDOT reminds motorists to never drive through water flowing across a roadway or around closure barricades. Six inches of moving water is enough to knock a person off their feet; 12 inches will sweep a car off the roadway. 

Drivers should check www.511virginia.org or the 511 mobile app for updated information about the road closures and follow @VaDOTCULP on Twitter for updates.

VDOT’s Culpeper District includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock.