U.S. 250 closed on Afton Mountain due to rock slide

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Published: May. 4, 2021 at 9:51 AM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 4:18 PM EDT
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CULPEPER, Va. (WHSV) — U.S. 250 (Rockfish Gap Turnpike) between the top of Afton Mountain and Route 151 (Critzer Shop Road) remains closed on Tuesday due to a rock slide that partially blocked the road, according to a press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Geologists and VDOT engineers are meeting to assess the extent of the slide and remove the material from the road. VDOT says there is a large area of unstable material on the hillside that must be removed.

VDOT says it is not sure how long U.S. 250 will be closed. Motorists should anticipate using Interstate 64 as the only route over Afton Mountain in this area.

Exit 99 onto U.S. 250 at the summit of Afton Mountain is open to traffic in both directions, however U.S. 250 is closed at the Route 6 intersection.

Route 6 is open to passenger vehicles. Tractor-trailers are prohibited from using Route 6 unless they are making local deliveries.

Stay tuned for updates.

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