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Terra Tech engineer Billy Campbell explains the traffic reroutement of Rt. 604 during Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting. 
(Staff photo/Scotty Wampler.) 

Board Approves Temporary Closure of Route 604
Traffic to be Re-routed to New Road Near Poplar Gap

by Scotty Wampler
News Editor
  The current Rt. 604 near Poplar Gap will be closed in early August in preparation for phase two of the Poplar Gap/Lover's Gap development project.
  Terra Tech engineer Billy Campbell outlined plans for the closure during a public hearing regarding the plan at Monday's Board of Supervisors meeting.
  As previously announced, Poplar Gap Park will close August 6, temporarily, in conjunction with the project.
  The board voted unanimously to close the road on South Grundy Supervisor Roger Rife's motion and Prater Supervisor Eddie Lindsay's second.
  The closure of the current Rt. 604 will not eliminate through-traffic in the area. Traffic will be rerouted onto what will become the new Rt. 604 while paving of the road is underway.
  "It will not close off traffic to anyone," VDOT Resident Engineer Conrad Hill told the board Monday. "It will just be a different road. It's really a fantastic project."
  Paving of the new Rt. 604 road will begin in mid-August and is expected to be completed in 8-10 months, according to Campbell. The new road, which will be turned over to VDOT for maintenance after the paving work is complete, will be graveled temporarily.

Traffic traveling along Rt. 604 will be diverted to the new road and will lead to county Rt. 3200, according to a Terra Tech representative. The detour will then be followed back around to Poplar Gap, where traffic will be directed onto an existing portion of Rt. 604.

For more of the story, see the print edition of the Mountaineer, on sale at newsstands now.  To subscribe to the Mountaineer, call 276-935-2123 today.

Downtown Grundy Traffic Pattern Change Coming

by Scotty Wampler
News Editor
A portion of Walnut Street in downtown Grundy will close July 9 for the installation of a flood gate.
  The road closure and construction, part of the ongoing downtown flood project, is expected to last through Labor Day, according to Grundy Industrial Development Authority Director Chuck Crabtree.
  The road will be closed near the post office in both directions, Crabtree said. Traffic flowing from old Main Street should begin circling the post office building and proceed around the TruPoint Bank building and back out onto old Main Street, he added. Eventually, he said, that loop will be paved.
  The retractable flood gate, which will stretch to the newly-constructed flood ringwall when necessary, will be installed near the Mountain Perks coffee shop.

For more of the story, see the print edition of the Mountaineer, on sale at newsstands now.  To subscribe to the Mountaineer, call 276-935-2123 today.


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