Route 250 slope repairs to affect travel between Augusta and Highland Counties Beginning March 11, 2019


A press release from the Virginia Department of Transportation, dated March 10, 2019, provides important details for travelers to our area this week.  Part of Route 250, or Shenandoah Mountain Road, in western Augusta County will be restricted to a single 10-foot travel lane on weekdays beginning Monday, March 11, 2019.  Flaggers and pilot trucks will control traffic as contractors make emergency slope repairs about 0.3-miles from the Highland County line.  Route 250 will be fully open to two-way traffic on Saturdays and Sundays.  All work is weather permitting.

During the slope repairs, variable message boards will advise commercial trucks to use the following alternate route between Churchville in Augusta County and Monterey in Highland County:

If traveling From Churchville to Monterey:  Drive South on Route 42 (Buffalo Gap Highway/Little Calfpasture Highway/Virginia Avenue), west on Route 39 (Maury River Road/Mountain Valley Road), and north on Route 220 (Sam Snead Highway/Jackson River Road) to return to Route 250.

If traveling from Monterey to Churchville:  Drive South on Route 220 (Jackson River Road/Sam Snead Highway), east on Route 39 (Mountain Valley Road/Maury River Road), and north on Route 42 (Virginia Avenue/Little Calfpasture Highway/Buffalo Gap Highway) to return to Route 250.

Virginia traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511.  Traffic alerts and traveler information are also available at

The VDOT Customer Service Center can assist with reporting road hazards, asking transportation questions, or getting information related to Virginia’s roads.  People can call 800-FOR- ROAD (800-367-7623) or use its mobile friendly website at  Agents are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week.

The Staunton District Twitter feed is at @VaDOTStaunton. VDOT can be followed on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube.  RSS feeds are also available for statewide information.  The VDOT Web page is located at

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

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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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