STAUNTON — Part of Route 220 (Hot Springs Road) in Alleghany County remains closed to through traffic due to damage from a slope failure. 

Emergency contractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation have completed slope repairs but still need to rebuild a portion of the roadway, shoulders and guardrail. 

This work is expected to be complete by Friday, March 15, weather permitting.

Until repairs are finished, a 16-mile stretch of Route 220 is closed to through traffic between Covington in Alleghany County and Hot Springs in Bath County. Signs and variable message boards will direct through traffic on separate detour routes for personal vehicles and commercial trucks. 

The detours apply to drivers using this portion of Route 220 to reach the Highland County Maple Festival during the first weekend of the event (March 9-10).

Personal vehicles:

•Northbound drivers will follow Route 687 (Jackson River Road) north into Bath County, and then Route 615 (Main Street, Hot Springs) east to return to Route 220 in Bath County.

•Southbound drivers will follow Route 615 west and then Route 687 south into Alleghany County to return to Route 220.

Commercial trucks:

•Northbound drivers will follow Interstate 64 east to exit 29, then Route 42 (Forty Two Road/Cowpasture River Road) north in Bath County, and Route 39 (Mountain Valley Road) west to return to Route 220.

•Southbound drivers will follow Route 39 east, then Route 42 south in Alleghany County and Interstate 64 west to return to Route 220.

Residents and business owners can access properties along Route 220 by approaching from the appropriate side of the work zone, which is just north of the intersection of Route 684 (Dunbrack Road).

Virginia traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at http://www.511 Virginia.org.

The Virginia Department of Transportation Staunton District serves Frederick, Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, Rockbridge, Alleghany and Bath counties.

The VDOT web page is www.VirginiaDOT.org.