Rt 58 to be closed several days; events canceled
Lovers' Leap Mountain on Route 58 will be closed beginning Friday morning. The closure is expected to last severl days until repairs can be made to portions of the road which weredamaged by the recent flooding. Expected heavy rains could delay the repair work.
The Patrick County High School football game scheduled for Friday night will be played Monday night. The tailgating event has been canceled. Homecoming will be next Friday,October 9.
The 25th Annual Civil War Encampment and Living History Weekend at Laurel Hill, scheduled for the weekend, has been canceled due to expected rainy weather.
The Floyd County Arts and Crafts Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, has been canceled.
The PARC Workshop Duck Derby has been postponed from Saturday until Monday. October 5.
Rt. 58 mountain reduced to one lane
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday night that about three miles of Rt. 58 (J.E.B. Stuart Highway) in Patrick County will be reduced to one lane due to eroded slopes along the roadway caused by heavy rainfall.
Eastbound and westbound traffic is alternating using the single open lane on the section of Rt. 58 starting just west of Rt. 640 (Central Academy Road) and extending to the scenic overlook atop Lovers' Leap Mountain.
Drivers should expect delays on Rt. 58 as pilot trucks and flaggers are controlling traffic around the clock.
No estimated time for reopening the lane has been established.
For the latest traffic information on the lane closure or other road closings, visit www.511Virginia.org.
Farmers urged to report crop damage
Farmers are asked to report agricultural losses to the Patrick County Extension Office or to the Farm Service Agency.
Losses include livestock, crops, and agricultural structures such as barns, fencing, etc. They are asked to report losses as soon as it is safe for them to do a farm loss assessment.
The Patrick County Extension number is 694-3341 and the Farm Service agency number is 694-3121, extension 2.