A road in Covington that has been closed since Monday when a large boulder fell on it is expected to re-open Friday.

The rock fell on Valley Ridge Road (Route 1104), near Heatherton Drive (Route 1109).

A Virginia Department of Transportation geologist determined that some slope stabilization work is needed. The contractor was expected to begin the work Wednesday, and is expected to be finished Friday.


Original story from Monday, March 3, 2014

A road in Covington is closed after a large rock fell Monday morning.

It happened around 10 a.m. on Valley Ridge Road, which is near the Caves and the Alleghany County-Covington line.

Virginia State Police say the boulder fell around 10 a.m. Monday as a Virginia Department of Transportation plow was making its way through the area. The boulder missed the truck. No one was hurt.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has closed the road indefinitely.

Officials believe the quick change in temperatures caused the boulder to fall from a rock ledge. Temperatures were near 70 degrees Sunday, and temperatures could dip into the single digits Monday night.

VDOT has a team of geologists who will be on-site taking a look at the rock ledge to make sure there aren't any further issues.

But it could take a while for the road to re-open. A sheriff's deputy says they expect the road to be closed for several days.

PHOTOS: Large rock falls on Covington road

POSTED: 11:00 AM EST Mar 03, 2014    UPDATED: 11:26 AM EST Mar 03, 2014 

This picture was taken on Valley Ridge Road in Covington on Monday, March 3. The Virginia Department of Transportation has closed the road indefinitely.

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