Cable cut at Rio Road construction project impacts CenturyLink customers

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (NEWSPLEX) -- According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, a construction crew working on the Route 29-Rio Road grade-separated intersection project cut an underground cable that carries CenturyLink data and phone service early Monday morning.

Customers north of Charlottesville are affected by the outage.

CenturyLink has technicians at the site to make repairs.

According to a tweet from its account, phone lines are down at the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport and the surrounding area.

The outage is affecting flights, so passengers should check with their airline for specifics.

According to the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management, people attempting to reach 911 may also be impacted.

For anyone attempting to call the emergency communications center, if the call cannot get through, people should go to their nearest fire station to report the emergency.

Within the affected area, there is the Earlysville fire station on Reas Ford Road, the Stony Point station on Stony Point Road, the Seminole Trail station on Berkmar Drive and the Hollymead station on Innovation Drive.

The OEM reports all of the fire stations will be staffed until service is restored and staff members will have radio contact with the ECC to request services.

At this time, it is unknown how long it will take for services to be restored.

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