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Va. 116 detour in Franklin County will remain in place until late September

Va. 116 detour in Franklin County will remain in place until late September

A section of Virginia 116 in Franklin County that has been under repair since a spring mudslide hit will remain closed a bit longer.

The Virginia Department of Transportation had hoped the project would be wrapped in time for Labor Day, but recent bouts of rain have delayed final paving and guardrail work.

The new target reopening date, weather permitting, is now mid- to late September.

The heavy rains that struck in May washed out a chunk of the highway just south of the boundary line with Roanoke County.

Both lanes of the road spanning a stretch of about 258 feet have been closed while a collapsed slope was stabilized and the roadbed itself rebuilt.

The detours will remain in place until the project is complete.

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