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Posted on: April 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] UPDATE Fire at Smith Gap Landfill Creates Truck Traffic on Bradshaw Road

UPDATE - A fire at Roanoke Valley Resource Authority's Regional Landfill late Tuesday afternoon did extensive damage to the wiring that controls the rotary tipper, making it inoperable. An electrical crew is working diligently to rewire the unit. Initial estimates are for repairs to take until mid-week next week to complete.

Until the tipper is functioning, all wastes received by the RVRA must be delivered by tractor trailers to the landfill via Bradshaw Road through Masons Cove. Deliveries cannot be made via the Ironto exit off I-81 due to the low height of the rail trestle on North Fork Road.

Truck traffic will not be placed on Bradshaw Road before 7:45 a.m. or between 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. when school buses are scheduled to be on the road.

Deliveries to the landfill will also cease by 5:00 p.m. each day.
No deliveries are anticipated on Sunday.

The RVRA may be contacted at (540) 857-5050 for additional information.


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Several citizens have called or emailed Roanoke County regarding trucks running on Bradshaw Road this week.

A welding operation sparked a structure fire at the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA) facility at Smith Gap Landfill on Tuesday of this week. The welding was taking place on a garbage tipper machine when combustible materials ignited in that area. The resulting fire in the garbage tipper burned up the wiring in the garbage tipper and the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority (RVRA) is working on repairs.

Because of the damage caused by the fire, the train cannot dump the trash once it reaches the landfill. Therefore, all of the trash collected by the RVRA must temporarily be sent to Smith Gap Landfill by trucks.

This is only temporary until repairs can be made. At this time, Roanoke County does not know when repairs will be complete.

Citizens with further questions should contact the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority at (540) 857-5050.
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