Route 42 reopens after shutdown in Shenandoah County

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SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (1 p.m. Jan. 19):

All lanes of Route 42 have been reopened in Shenandoah County after the highway was shut down west of Mount Jackson at its intersection with North Mountain Road (Route 613).

Neighbors in the area say the lanes were closed for response to a house fire.

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Drivers planning to take Route 42 through Shenandoah County should be prepared for serious delays or plan alternate routes on Friday afternoon.

According to VDOT, an incident has closed all lanes of the highway at its intersection with North Mountain Road (Route 613).

This is about two miles south of the junction with Rt. 263 and just west of Mount Jackson, where 42 is called Senedo Rd.

The north left shoulder, through lanes, and right shoulder are closed, along with the south left shoulder, through lanes, and right shoulder, effectively shutting the roadway down.

Route 716 (Graveltown Road) provides an alternate route to the east.

VDOT has not identified the "incident" shutting the highway down.