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Montvale Residents Want Answers About Road Closure


Montvale, VA - A lot of residents near a closed section of Route 460 in Montvale are wondering what the is hold up after an accident four months ago.

Many people have been forced to take detours since part of that road closed after a deadly tanker accident. Right now contractors are rebuilding the road, but residents say what's frustrating is that contractors have already missed one deadline to re-open the route. And they haven't been given any clue to when all the construction and noise will be gone.

"I'm just wondering why it is taking so long," said Nora Ratcliffe, a resident who lives near the closed road in Montvale.

"How much longer is it going to take for us to be able to have a normal life again just to get out of our neighborhood or anything," said Tina McKenna, another resident nearby.

Because of the detours, McKenna says even the simplest trips take a lot longer than it used to.

"It's really hard trying to get my kids to school on time in the morning, because I have to tack on an extra 10 minutes to go all the way around," said McKenna.

ABC 13 News reached out to the contractors handling the project and VDOT to find out what's putting the brakes on the progress here. We learned contractors hit a snag in rebuilding the slope next to the road.

Contaminated soil was removed from the slope making it unstable to drive on. Now to repair the road crews had to dig down to the bottom layer of the road to fill in the holes. But, they didn't dig far enough.

"Their idea was to go down several feet. They ended up going 12 feet in one area and they still didn't reach bedrock so they had to come up with a different plan, and go back and do some additional excavating," said Jason Bond, a spokesperson for the VDOT Salem District .

Bond says after that setback contractors had to go back to the drawing board. Now, they are shooting for a late September early October re-open date. ABC 13 News did reach out to the contractors on this project W.E.L. They did not return our phone calls.

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