Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 15, 2014

VDOT: Wall collapse to close two Route 460 lanes for several days

NARROWS, Va. — Highway crews are still evaluating damage from the collapse of a retainer wall on U.S. Route 460 in Giles County between the towns of Narrows and Rich Creek, Va.

Motorists should expect potential delays until the retainer wall can be repaired, Virginia Department of Transportation spokesman Jason Bond said. The left westbound lane and the left eastbound lane are closed in the area known as the bluffs between Rich Creek and Narrows. The closure is located about two miles east of the West Virginia state line between Route 61 and Route 643.

“There is a retainer wall that was built in there to hold back some of the slope,” Bond said. “It fell. It’s about a mile of Route 460 that is impacted.”

Bond said VDOT crews were still evaluating the damage Monday, and working on a plan to repair the retainer wall.

“I know a lot of our material folks are going out today to assess it,” Bond said of the retainer wall. “So they will be hopefully getting a better idea of how much debris needs to be removed to stabilize the slope and repair the wall.”

Bond said the Virginia Department of Transportation will need to perform repairs on the damaged wall before the lanes of Route 460 can reopen.

As of Monday, an exact time for a reopening of the lanes had not been established. Bond said it is expected to be a long-term closure lasting several days.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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