Nearly four inches of rain in Charlottesville made a stream underneath Route 20, south of Route 53 in Albemarle County, surpass the road and create significant damage. Most of the damage was done early Friday morning. The water flooded the culvert underneath the road, and with cars and tractor trailers passing over led to a disaster waiting to happen.
"Seems like the heavy truck traffic this morning really made that progress a little faster than it normally would," responded Joel Denunzio, VDOT Residency Administrator for Charlottesville.
Emergency repairs could take at least another day to complete.
"We'll have to open up the road, dig open take out the existing culverts get new culverts in get new pipes in and get some rip rap for the ends there to get this road opened back up patch up the asphalt and open the road"
This is easier said than done. The construction won't have to deal with rush hour traffic, as tomorrow is a Saturday. Regardless, Route 20 is a well traversed road and we can only hope it's ready by Monday.
"We can do it by Monday, maybe hopefully by tomorrow afternoon or Sunday morning."
Traffic in both directions will be blocked until construction is finished. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route.