Rain-stricken VA 116 could be closed two months for repair

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)- VA 116, a main route between Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake, is closed at Coopers Cove Road in Franklin County, due to a slide and road collapse. Drivers are being told to find alternate routes for up to two months.

This closure is just south of the Roanoke County/Franklin County line, between Cooper's Cove Road and Windridge Parkway.

VDOT says the road collapsed in the early morning hours of May 22 during prolonged rainfall.

Drivers can detour around the closure using Route 678 (Truman Hill Road) to Route 635 (Edwardsville Road) to Route 681 (Coopers Cove Road) to return to Route 116.

The Virginia Department of Transportation estimates it will take one to two months to complete repairs.

VDOT plans to stabilize the slope using soil nails, involving launching steel rods into the slope to secure it.

Once the slope alongside Route 116 is stable, stone and fill material will be used to replace the roadbed, according to VDOT. Then, the section of Route 116 will be repaved and the pavement markings and guardrail replaced.

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Photo courtesy VDOT
Photos courtesy VDOT
Photo courtesy Franklin County Sheriff's Office