HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — US 340 near Harpers Ferry will reopen ahead of schedule after the completion of a major rock fall project.

Contractors recently finished a project that started on September 12 to remove rocks and debris from the mountainside high above the road. The roadway plans to be open again on Friday, December 1, which is 10 days ahead of schedule.

In May, Triton Construction Inc. was awarded a contract for $10,277,500 to remove rock and install rockfall barriers on a one-mile section of US 340 just south of Harpers Ferry. Once large rocks and other loose material was removed, Triton installed mesh barriers and fences that would catch any large rocks that may fall.

According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, approximately 2,300 cubic yards of rock, equaling 3,530 tons, was removed during the project.

WVDOH decided to close US 340 due to large boulders falling down during the project’s work. During the closure, crews were able to repair pavement and guardrail that was damaged from falling rock. The WVDOH also sealed the deck on the bridge over the Shenandoah River and repaired two slips on Chestnut Hill Road.

Article originally published on wvmetronews.com