May 16, 2014
Running water has now disrupted Route 20 into Charlottesville. It looks like the road is collapsing on Scottsville Road / Rt.20 just south of Interstate-64. The damage is so severe that crews are actually closing the road, possibly through the weekend.
The nearly four inches of rain in Charlottesville made a stream that normally runs underneath Route 20 flow over the road and create significant damage.
It may not look like much, but a dip in the road indicates a collapsed culvert, that is, the pipe that runs underneath the road. It's a ticking time bomb, just waiting for a car or truck to send the road into the stream, and the traffic this morning didn't help.
"Seems like the heavy truck traffic this morning really made that progress a little faster than it normally would," said VDOT Residency Admin. Joel Denunzio.
The construction needed in order to get the entire road back up and running will take some time, and around the clock work for VDOT crews. This is more than just a few steps to fix.
"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 ashfault and open the road," Denunzio said.
Luckily the construction won't have to deal with morning 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," says Denunzio.
This replacement is of course across both lanes, so north and south traffic is completely blocked off until the construction is finished.
A detour has been posted that carries drivers into and out of Charlottesville using Route 29 southbound to Route 708 (Red Hill Road) and back to Route 20.