Updated: Motorist traveling Rt. 7 at Loudoun’s western border should expect continued delays tonight as crews work to recover a 140,000-pound piece of equipment that fell off a trailer yesterday.
Eastbound Rt. 7 traffic between the upper entrance to Pine Grove Road and Blue Ridge Mountain Road is being diverted to a single lane on the westbound side of the highway. Also, Rt. 9 through the Hillsboro road construction zone will be opened to westbound traffic from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in an effort to provide an alternate route.
The two eastbound lanes on Rt. 7 will be closed while two 300-ton cranes work to lift the equipment and place it on a trailer, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.
As of Tuesday afternoon, westbound traffic had backed up close to Round Hill. Traffic was deadlocked from the top of the mountain to Williams Gap Road at 4 p.m.