UPDATE: More lanes back open on Route 460 after Giles County mudslide

New River Valley News

GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Four days after a mudslide closed down Route 460 in Giles County, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced two more lanes have been reopened along the road.

Here is an aerial shot of Route 460 in Giles County from Feb. 24, 2021 following the mudslide three days earlier. (Photo: Courtesy Brian F. with Smokey Mountain Aerial Imaging)

As of 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, VDOT says the left westbound lane and the eastbound right lane of Route 460 are now open, which means westbound motorists will no longer have to detour.

In addition, both eastbound lanes have been restored at this time, officials say.

The department estimates the closed westbound right lane could reopen in early March.

Since the mudslide occurred in Rich Creek on Sunday, Feb. 21, VDOT says crews have removed more than 1,000 cubic yards of material — including dirt and debris from the roadway and from the slope along Route 460 West — from the slide location.

However, crews are still working to make sure the slope along the westbound slope is stable before the last westbound lane can be reopened.

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