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Residents fed up with ‘annual’ mudslide on Ingleside Road’

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MERCER COUNTY, W.Va.(WVVA)- Two mudslides hit the same road in less than a year near the Ada community and residents are telling WVVA, "enough is enough."

The most recent mudslide occurred on February 6, after heavy rains hit the mountain area, almost a year from another mudslide that happened on the same terrain in February 2019.

The West Virginia Division of Highways has placed signage along Route 112/Ingleside Road and Country Girl Road, stating both roads are closed, limiting access to only local traffic.

Doris Smith lives on Ingleside Road. Smith tells WVVA, she's tired of the mudslide "deja vu" and wants the Governor's 'Roads to Prosperity' projects to hit her road.

"Governor Jim Justice says he's [all about] fixing our roads," said Smith. "Then why is he working on the Bridge to Nowhere [Christine West Bridge] when our [local] roads are failing."

Some commuters passing through the area agree with Smith.

"The roads are pretty bad [over] here," said Gwen Scott, Mercer County resident. "I hope they fix [these roads] sooner than later."

The big concern many residents are expressing to our news team, safety. Specifically, wanting more information from the DOH about the condition of the mountain and what repairs need to be done to keep future mudslides from occurring again.

Country Girl Road

WVVA is continuing to reach out to DOH/District 10 for a timeline about the road repairs and we are waiting for a response.

Jennifer Roberts

Multimedia Journalist

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