A Bland County school bus will resume its route on Dry Fork Road after poor road conditions temporarily disrupted it earlier this week.
School officials made the call to halt school bus traffic on Dry Fork on Sunday after the Bland County Sheriff’s Office alerted them to erosion of the road.
Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Michelle Earl said wear and tear on the road caused pitting in two large sections. Crews filled those sections in with gravel on Monday and will repave the road when asphalt plants reopen in the spring.
Earl said sink holes have previously developed in the area and VDOT crews believe new sinkholes may have been the cause of the recent pitting.
Following inspections to ensure the road could hold the weight of a school bus, school officials decided to reopen that leg of the route beginning Wednesday morning.
About 22 students live on Dry Fork Road. School Board Chair Duane Bailey said parents were asked to drop their children off at Bland County High School on Monday and Tuesday, where elementary students were then shuttled to Bland and then back again in the evening. Dry Fork Road is just a little more than a mile from the high school. Dry Fork Road is just a little more than a mile from the high school. Dry Fork Road is just a little more than a mile from the high school.
Earl said road conditions were never serious enough to close the road to traffic and that it remains safe for travel.
VDOT will continue to monitor the area.