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Harrell Road reopens
Harrell Road reopens

Date published: 2/9/2013

By Scott Shenk

Harrell Road reopens in southern Stafford

Harrell Road, the popular cut-through in southern Stafford County, has been reopened after problems with grates shut down the road.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said crews "have installed a temporary support system for several broken grate lids at the water crossing." The highway department is looking for a permanent fix of the faulty grate covers.

One of the covers fell into the culvert on Jan. 31 during a deluge in the area. Hannon said the concrete ledge supporting the lid failed.

After the grate broke, the road was closed.

There were also issues with the grates earlier in January and before that in December. The road was closed each time while crews fixed the problems.

The removable grates run along the road beneath the CSX railroad bridge. They cover a concrete culvert through which Claiborne Run flows.

The cut-through, between Deacon Road and Forbes Street, has a long history of flooding. A new drainage system was built at the underpass in 2011 to help cut down on the frequent floods at the low-lying spot.

--Scott Shenk