April 23, 2013
There were more delays on Tuesday on Interstate 64, near Afton Mountain, as the Virginia Department of Transportation continued its work to prevent landslides.
It is bad news for drivers, but not everyone is complaining. Stores and restaurants along Route 250 are getting a boost in business, as more drivers use that road instead of the interstate.
"A lot of people say, 'I heard about this place,'" said Albert Graves, a worker at Brownsville Market along Route 250 in Crozet. "We'll see them again. They come back."
Dwayne Brooks was one of those customers on Tuesday. He was avoiding Interstate 64, but running into other problems on Route 250.
"It's horrible trying to get out of here," Brooks said. "It's taking people forever to try to get out of this gas station. It's just a ton of traffic."
On Afton Mountain, the back hoes and bulldozers were making progress on an area of unstable soil perched above the interstate.
"They will essentially scrape it off," said Lou Hatter, a VDOT spokesman. "We have heavy equipment that's working on a pretty steep slope here and they're pushing material down. They're doing it in a controlled way, but we don't want to take a chance on something getting loose."
VDOT is shutting down I-64 in both directions periodically, for about 45 minutes at a time, while the work is being done.
"We do understand that we are creating a lot of inconvenience for people," said Hatter. "We just hope that they also understand and appreciate that our number one concern is safety."
The work at Afton Mountain will continue until Thursday, and it may spill over into next week.
But Hatter says, either way, the crews will not work on Friday to allow the heavier traffic to flow normally.