Rockslide to close Route 522 northbound west of Winchester for several weeks

Southbound lanes accommodating all Route 522 traffic

Rockslide Work
Image of rock slide

STAUNTON — Travelers using Route 522 (North Frederick Pike) between Winchester and Gainesboro in Frederick County should expect significant delays or seek alternate routes until mid-February 2023.

A rockslide has closed a segment of the Route 522 northbound lanes west of Winchester. Northbound Route 522 lanes are closed from Route 608 (Hunting Ridge Road) to Route 684 (Gainesboro Road).

In this location the average daily traffic volume is approximately 18,000 vehicles per day.

Route 522 is a four-lane divided highway in this location. A detour on the southbound lanes will accommodate all northbound and southbound traffic. Route 522 will have a single southbound lane and a single northbound lane in this area. Travelers are advised to use caution with the temporary traffic pattern.

Both ends of the detour will have Virginia Department of Transportation crew members present to help direct traffic 24/7 during this event. Local law enforcement will assist to ensure traffic does not enter the slide area, which remains unstable and extremely dangerous.

The rockslide occurred around 11 p.m. on Friday, January 13.  The Route 522 northbound lanes were immediately closed by VDOT.

Upon inspection in the daylight hours of Saturday, January 14 a more significant slope failure was discovered above the rockslide location. VDOT estimates three to four weeks to complete the slope repairs. 

A large quantity of material must be removed from the slope area. VDOT has contracted with General Excavation Inc. (GEI) of Warrenton, Virginia to perform the slope repairs. Repairs will begin at the top of the slide area and proceed down.

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The VDOT Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

Last updated: July 19, 2024

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