Trail to undergo major repairs

Published 5:53 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Sections of High Bridge Trail State Park affected by Tropical Storm Michael will undergo major repairs beginning in March, according to a release from Virginia State Parks. The Oct. 11 storm, according to the release, created nearly $1 million in damages to five areas of the park’s trail.

Among the most significant damage includes the collapse of the Rochelle Culvert, which is located 2.2 miles east of the park’s downtown Farmville entrance.

The underground culvert completely collapsed, according to the release, leaving a 25-foot wide by 25-foot deep by 50-foot long washout that took out a large portion of the trail in that area.

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That section of park remains closed.

According to the release, Henry S. Branscome, LLC will be completing the construction beginning at the Rochelle Culvert and working eastbound.

Park Manager Daniel Jordan cited in the release that the other four damaged areas include Venable Slope, Rice Slope, Moran Culvert and Orchard Culvert.

Those areas may see temporary closures during the repair process, the release cited.

Funding for the repairs work will come out of the state maintenance reserve.

“We appreciate the public’s patience as we work through the repair process,” Jordan said in the release. “High Bridge is still accessible from River Road and the Camp Paradise lot. The other 30 miles of High Bridge Trail remains open at this time.”

Park law enforcement is actively patrolling the closures to ensure public safety, according to the release. For more information about park closures, contact the park office at (434) 315- 0457.