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VDOT Busy with Repairs, Replacements as Spring Nears

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

road-work-ahead 0FRANKLIN CO. - The Virginia Department of Transportation has a full list of repairs and replacements scheduled for the upcoming week of February 17-23. 

Many repairs have been on rural and smaller roads, but some are on state highways, like 122 near the Blackwater River, where crews have been working on a ditch.

Here is the full list of roadwork for the Franklin Co. area through Feb. 23. As always, drivers are urged to pay attention to the temporary signs and be extra alert if they come across a work zone.

ROUTE 709 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT - Hopkins Road will be closed at the bridge over a branch of the Blackwater River located 0.80 mile north of Route 919 (Grassy Hill Road) and 2.30 miles north of Route 734 (Carolina Springs Road) beginning March 13 and will remain closed for 12 consecutive days for bridge repair work.  A detour will be in place and signs will direct traffic. Temporary lane closures under flagging operations will be in place prior to this closure date. The road will re-open on March 25, weather permitting.
* ROUTE 647 CLOSED FOR PIPE REPLACEMENT– A section of Route 647 (Kay Fork Road) is closed to traffic due to an emergency pipe replacement. The road is closed approximately 1.2 miles east of Route 40 and 0.01 miles west of Route 659 (Hunts Road)Motorists will need to seek an alternate route. It is unknown at this time how long this section of road will be closed.
 PAVING OPERATIONS – Weather permitting, crews will pave, patch and repair pavement on various routes.  Flaggers may control traffic at times during daylight hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Drivers should watch for signs and expect possible delays.
 * TREE TRIMMING AND BRUSH REMOVAL (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Crews will mow on secondary routes during daylight hours on weekdays. Watch for lane and/or shoulder closures.
 * DITCHING, GRADING, SLOPE AND SHOULDER REPAIRS (VARIOUS ROUTES) – Lane closures may be in place during daylight hours for shoulder repairs. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
  • Route 890 (Snow Creek Road)
  • Route 632
  • Route 623 (Fairy Stone Park Road)
  • Route 619
  • Route 739 (Bethlehem Road)
  • Route 640 (Five Mile Mountain Road)
  • Route 793 (Runnett Bag Road)
  • Route 860 (Shooting Creek Road)
  • Route 636 and Route 900 (Three Oakes in Lost Mountain)                                   *
  • PIPE REPLACEMENTS – Crews will be working on various secondary roads to replace pipes under the roadway with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays.  Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
 * DRAINAGE MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary roads where drainage issues are present with periodic lane closures during daylight hours on weekdays.  Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
 * UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE – Crews will be working on various secondary non-hard surface roads grading and replacing stone with periodic lane closures during daylighthours on weekdays. Watch for flaggers controlling traffic.
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Eagle Boys Basketball Advance in Finals, Play Tonight at Home

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

bball17ROCKY MOUNT - After upsetting James River 62 to 56 Wednesday night at FCHS, the Eagle Boys Basketball team will get a chance to advance in the Conference Three finals Friday night at home.

The game will be at home in the central gym at 7 p.m. Admission is $7. 

The oppurtunity was made possible by the number one seed Manchester High School's loss to number four seed Thomas Dale Wednesday.

Now it's the Eagle's turn to try to beat Thomas Dale tonight (Friday).

Win or lose, the Eagles will play in the upcoming Regional Tournament next week.

Keep it on Cable 12 for the home game broadcasts.

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YMCA's SML Glacier Plunge is Saturday

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

ySMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Franklin County YMCA is hosting a day full action just in time for a warm start to the weekend Saturday.

The Y's "Mid-Winter Madness" event includes a 5K race, a 10 mile race, and concludes with the annual SML Glacier Plunge.

Events start at 10 a.m. with the Winterfest 10 Miler. The YMCA Snowball 5K begins at 10:15 a.m.

There will be an awards ceremony along with lunch at the Landing Restaurant following the races.

Then at 1:15 p.m., over 100 will brave the cold waters of Smith Mountain Lake for the Glacier Plunge at Bernard's Landing. While the water will be cold, the actual air temperature will be quite comfortable with sunshine. Highs this year will be near 70; a nice warm-up compared to the chilly 40s last year.

Volunteers are still needed and you can still register for the events by calling the YMCA at 540-721-9622.