Update: Route 56 in Rockbridge County reopens
Update: Saturday, 10:25 p.m. Route 56 (Tye River Turnpike) in Rockbridge County has reopened. Route 56 was closed on May 3 from Route 608 (South Bottom Road) and the Nelson County line. The roadway closure was due to a forest fire.
Update: Friday, 9:55 a.m. Route 56 (Tye River Turnpike) in Rockbridge County remains closed between Route 608 (South Bottom Road) and the Nelson County line. The roadway has been closed since Thursday evening due to a forest fire.
Route 56 will remain closed until at least noon Saturday, May 5, when the United States Forest Service will re-evaluate the fire. Motorists are advised to avoid this area due to firefighting operations.
A portion of Route 56 (Tye River Turnpike) in Rockbridge County is closed due to a forest fire. This closure is between the Nelson County line and the intersection of Route 608 (South Bottom Road) near the community of Vesuvius.
The closure of Route 56 is expected to remain in place for at least 12 hours. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes if they had planned to use Route 56 Thursday night or Friday morning (May 3-4).
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