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VDOT works to clean and repair highway 460 in Giles County

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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WVVA) - On a sunny and dry afternoon, onlookers watched this massive mudslide take over both lanes of highway 460. The slide occurred on Sunday due to a waterline break, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

The slide happened between Glen Lyn and Rich Creek Virginia, which is just a few miles down the road from a recent slide that took place nine months ago.

This new slide is creating the same difficulty for commuters, as eastbound and westbound traffic is being detoured around the closure. VDOT had opened one lane on the eastbound side early Monday, but the rain led to the slide happening again.

"We had hoped to make more progress (Monday), but unfortunately this heavy rain is going to slow things a little bit.

Jason Bond, VDOT Spokesperson

There are numerous detours for commuters, which can be found below.

The BEST ALTERNATE ROUTE includes taking I-77 to Rocky Gap, which leads to Wolf Creek Road (Route 61). This has been deemed the best and safest alternative route. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR TRUCKERS.

Other alternative routes include taking Lurich Road (Route 649) off of 460 to get around the closures, taking you back on to 460. THIS ROUTE IS NOT ALLOWED FOR TRUCKS OR VEHICLES OVER 20 FEET because there is a one lane tunnel.

There is still no time line as to when this route will re-open.

"We still are assessing the damage. Our geotechnical folks are taking a look at it. I don't have an estimate on how long it is going to be just yet. Our immediate concern is to try and get the lanes reopen to traffic as quickly as we can."

Jason Bond, VDOT Spokesperson

Stay with WVVA for the latest updates on this closure.

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