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Major road ‘slippage’ causes closure on Route 19

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SPANISHBURG, W.Va (WVVA) -- Monday's heavy rains continue to cause destruction in mercer county.

Flooding on the Bluestone river caused portion of route 19 in Spanishburg to "slip," resulting in extensive damage. The department of highways has closed the road for repairs.

"The severity of the slip made us make the decision that for the safety of the drive way public, we would have to close the road," said District Ten Engineer, Joe Pack, with the West Virginia Department of Highways. "That will also allow us to expedite repairs because we will be able to work as quickly as possible to get the road repaired and back open to the pubic."

These repairs include replacing collapsed power lines, installing a steel retaining wall and concrete lagging to replace and reinforce the roadway.

This provides security to drivers and the surrounding community, who are not strangers to these issues.

"They have been quite numerous in the past two or three years, there have been several here on just this road here," said Spanishburg resident, Jane Meadows. "And of course it's been a tremendous job for the state road to keep up on all this, they've done a good job but it seems like every time they get one fixed, here comes another one."

W.V. D.O.H said that they do their best to keep an eye on road conditions, but severe weather is inescapable.

"Unfortunately, Mother Nature is undefeated with us," said Pack. "We hold the road together the best we can, and when a catastrophic event like this occurs, we move in to do an expensive and thorough repair and just make sure it's not getting any worse."

Christina Kass

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