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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Update on Smith Gap Rail Conversion

We are pleased to report that all rail and rail ties have been removed, representing 25% of the project completion.  We are moving into the next phase which is ballast grading, base stone delivery and compaction. We anticipate the stone deliveries to last around a month. Once the road bed is compacted, the Contractor will be placing the base course and a final asphalt layer. 

RVRA’s contractor is working rapidly to convert the rail to a dedicated road to be used for leachate tankers, tractor trailers hauling waste to the Smith Gap Landfill, and all stone and incidental deliveries in the future.  We are anticipating substantial completion by mid-summer for vehicle use and asphalt paving by early fall.  

During the time we are constructing our road, the RVRA has to transport leachate by road tanker to keep our leachate storage tanks from overflowing and creating an environmental hazard. Typically, we average around 8 tankers a day. Leachate generation is directly related to the amount of rainfall. Once our tank levels are at acceptable levels we may be able to decrease the number of road tankers we ship in a day.

Also, during the conversion of the rail to a passable two lane road, our contractor will have to bring stone in from a local quarry that is located in Shawsville, VA. The contractor anticipates that half of the loads needed will use our connector road that traverses from Reese Mountain Rd., across from the truck stop at Ironto. The other half of the loads will be using Bradshaw Road. Again, as noted above, we anticipate that all the stone will be in place by the end of May 2021.

Stay tuned for further updates!


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