Tractor trailer problem on narrow road near Wintergreen almost entirely resolved
NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- One problematic road near Wintergreen is doing better.
It’s the eight-mile stretch of State Route 664 from Nelson to Augusta counties.
The road is narrow and full of sharp turns, so tractor trailers would get stuck when driving on it while trying to get from Interstate 81 to Route 29.
The Virginia Department of Transportation banned tractor trailers from using Reeds Gap Road/Beech Grove Road in 2021.
Wintergreen Fire Chief Curtis Sheets said the addition of aggressive signage has resolved 90 percent of the problem.
"For the people that live and work here, it means everything. Because if you arrive at a stuck truck on that road, it's going to add at least 20 minutes to your commute, and that's assuming that the Blue Ridge Parkway is open. If it's not, it could add an hour," he said.
Sheets said giving out pricey tickets to tractor trailers driving on the road has also deterred them from coming back.