Local resident and Cole Auditorium director Joey Bennett has informed The Richmond Observer that E. Washington Street in Rockingham is partially closed due to the repair of a pipe under the road.
The part of E. Washington street that stretches from Long Drive to Wiregrass Road was abruptly closed, as Bennett and other residents did not receive any notification that the repair work was to be done.
According to Bennett, who travels the road frequently, it appears as though work crews are finishing up repairs on one section of the road, but perhaps more repairs are imminent on other stretches. In the attached picture, Bennett has mark the initial closure with a black star, and the second location with a red star.
Until work crews finish the repairs, which a time table is uncertain, Washington Street Extension is no longer a viable means of travel from Long Drive to Wiregrass Road. Motorists can get to Mount Olive Church Road on Washington Street (coming from Long Drive), but they will need use Maner Road (near the end of E. Washington Street) if they are coming from Wiregrass Road. Detour signs have been posted, as both lanes of Washington Street are currently closed. Motorists cannot get from one end to the other.
Another pressing issue is there are at least a few people without home phone service due to the repairs.
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