Busy Road Becoming More Dangerous

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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CHURCHVILLE, Va. (WHSV) -- A bad stretch of road in Augusta County has one man fearing the worst.

"This is the main drag, you know? People will be driving back and forth," said Sylvia Yoder, the owner of the Buckhorn Inn in Churchville.

The inn overlooks Route 250, Hankey Mountain Highway in Augusta County, which Yoder said is a busy road.

"So it's important to have the road open, to have a good way for people to get back here and even to come to our place," said Yoder.

The condition of the road in certain places, where the shoulder drops off the embankment, has George Houseman fearing for people's lives.

"School buses travel this road twice a day, I travel it twice a day, dump trucks, tractor-trailers," said Houseman.

And as the shoulder continues to crumble, neighbors are concerned about the safety of driving on the road.

"All it takes is the wheels to hit that loose stuff and they're going over an eight, ten-foot bank. Hopefully it's not a school bus full of children," said Houseman.

Houseman said he's been trying to get the road fixed, but it has not happened yet.

"I know it's not going to be cheap, but you can't replace a child's life," said Houseman.

In the meantime, Yoder said it is drivers' jobs to make sure they stay safe on the road.

"People, they have to be responsible. They have to drive responsibly," said Yoder.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said crews hope to fix the road sometime in the next few weeks, weather permitting.

A VDOT spokesman said crews will need special equipment to be able to work there safely because of the slope and trees on the side of the road.

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