Months-long Route 40 closure, detour to start Wednesday for Franklin County bridge replacement

Roanoke Valley News
(Photo: Courtesy wokandapix via MGN Online)

(Photo: Courtesy wokandapix via MGN Online)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — For the next seven months, Franklin County drivers will have to use a detour while crews close part of Route 40 to complete a bridge replacement.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Franklin County E911 Center says a section of Route 40 (Franklin Street) will be closed to replace the bridge over Tharp Creek.

More specifically, the eastbound and westbound lanes will be closed 0.7 miles west of the intersection with Route 788 (Dry Hill Road), according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

However, officials say a detour will be in place day and night using Routes 788 and 789 (Dry Hill Road) to allow traffic to get around the road closure, which is set to remain in place until 5 p.m. on Sept. 3.

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