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Section of Route 4 in Washington County to close for 2 weeks

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— The section of Route 4 where a massive rock slide occurred last month will be closed for two weeks while more dangerous rock is blasted away, the state Department of Transportation has announced.

The section of highway in Comstock will be closed between Kelsey Pond Lane and Route 22 from Friday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 14, to remove additional rock from the rock slope that was involved in the Oct. 15 rock slide.

The section will be reopened to one lane of alternating traffic controlled by signals from Dec. 14 to Friday, Dec. 21, DOT officials said.

"There will be blasting as part of this process," said DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani. "We decided to go with full closure for a couple of reasons: It's easier for the contractor, and it keeps the cost down."

During the closure, a signed detour will direct traffic onto Routes 22, 40 and 149. A detailed alternate detour for passenger vehicles only is available on the Web at

The Oct. 15 slide covered approximately 200 feet of the southbound lane of the highway just north of Kelsey Pond Road.



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