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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Road work to continue through April 25
Route 40 West is restricted to one lane
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Photo by Morris Stephenson: Motorists on Route 40 West near Superior Tire will be delayed by one-lane traffic through April 25 as work continues to replace old drain pipes with two new 48-inch pipes.

Friday, April 11, 2014

By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post

Traffic on Route 40 West at Superior Tire will continue to be restricted to one-lane as work continues on installing a new drainage system under the roadway.

Construction is expected to take two or more weeks, depending on the weather, with an estimated completion date of April 25, according to VDOT spokesman Tony Handy.

Several years ago, a heavy rain clogged the present system, causing dirt and rock to be washed down stream. High water almost washed out half of the pavement in the westbound lane, Handy said.

Temporary repairs were made and the asphalt was patched at that time, but the pipe underneath was not replaced.

The VDOT inspector on the job site said two 48-inch pipes will be placed side by side, double barrel style, with 'head walls' on both ends of the pipe. Once the pipe installation is completed and the walls built, the roadway will be repaved.

The project should be completed on time unless the area has an unusually wet spring. The work will cost $106,636 and is being done by B&F Contractors of Bedford.

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