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Clean-up efforts underway after rock slide closes Route 4, Fort Ann

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Fort Ann emergency crews on Rt 4 where a major rockslide has shut down the roadway. (Photo: NEWS10) Fort Ann emergency crews on Rt 4 where a major rockslide has shut down the roadway. (Photo: NEWS10)
NYS Dept. of Transportation map of the Route 4 detours. NYS Dept. of Transportation map of the Route 4 detours.

FORT ANN, N.Y. - A large section of Route 4 in Fort Ann is still closed in both directions after the state Department of Transportation works to remove debris from a rock slide that happened on Monday morning.

Route 4 remains closed in both directions from Route 22 to Broadway in the area of Kelsey Pond Lane after a massive rock slide occurred just after 9 a.m. Monday.

Crews continue to work removing the massive boulders that pushed their way 50 feet across the roadway into moving traffic.

NYSDOT staff is working to determe the extent of the damage to Route 4 and the best way to contain the remaining rock that is adjacent to the road. The contractor worked throughout Monday night from both sides of the rock slide.

They say much of the roadway was detroyed and the highway is expected to reopen later this week.

Police spent the day Monday investigating the incident after one witness reported she was driving as the rock fall occurred and observed a car disappear under the heavy rocks as they fell.

However, the investigation done by state police using heat-seeking technology on a helicopter came back negative for this report, and additional digging efforts led police to be confident no one was trapped under the rocks.

DOT soil engineers reviewed the site and gave the "OK" for the rocks to be smashed and removed.

Due to the Route 4 closure, the Department of Transportation is reporting the following detours for drivers:

  • Truck detour: Route 149, Route 40, & Route 22
  • Car detour: Clay Hill Rd, Dewey's Bridge Rd, County Route 17 &  Route 22
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