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GLEN LYN, VA (WVNS) — 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021: The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) updated the situation about a mudslide which shut down part of U.S. Route 460 in Giles County. The slide is located near Rich Creek, Virginia.

As of 3:06 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, VDOT announced they have reopened all eastbound lanes of 460. There is also one lane open headed westbound. The right lane and shoulder headed west are still closed.

There is a detour in place. All tractor-trailer traffic is being routed on the Virginia 61. Local traffic is advised to use Lurich Road. Details are available on 511virginia.org.


7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 2021 UPDATE: One eastbound lane on Route 460 is open as mudslide repairs continue in Giles County.

VDOT said one westbound lane may reopen before the weekend, weather permitting. For the time being, westbound Route 460 traffic will need to continue detouring around the closure.

More work will need to be completed before all four lanes of Route 460 can be safely opened to traffic.


GLEN LYN, VA (WVNS) — 2/23/2021 12:45 p.m. UPDATE: Jason Bond, spokesperson with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), said U.S. 460 is still shut down in both directions as of Tuesday.

He explained VDOT crews are still excavating near the westbound side of the freeway in order to find and remove any soil loosened from the mudslide. Out of an abundance of caution, U.S. 460 is completely shut down until further notice.

Bond said there is no timetable on when the excavation process will be completed or the highway will be fully reopened.


GLEN LYN, VA (WVNS) — 2/22/2021 11:24 a.m. UPDATE: Virginia State Police and Glen Lyn Police confirmed U.S. 460 in both directions is completely shut down in the area.


GLEN LYN, VA (WVNS) — 2/22/2021 10:16 a.m. ORIGINAL STORY: A mudslide closes multiple lanes of a highway connecting the two Virginias.

Jason Bond, spokesperson with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), said they received the call around 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 for a mudslide on U.S. 460 between Glen Lyn and Narrows. Crews determined the cause to be a busted waterline.

One eastbound lane reopened for traffic, but westbound is still completely shut down. VDOT said westbound traffic will use Rt. 649 as a detour, while big rigs heading for I-77 need to take Rt. 61.

Bond said there is no timetable on when the road will fully reopen or information on if the mountainside will need to be repaired.

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