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WVDOT hopes to have Route 3 back open soon

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SUNDIAL -

The West Virginia Department of Transportation updated the situation on Route 3 in Raleigh County where the community of Sundial has been dealing with a massive rockslide.

Efforts to clear the roadway have been going on since the rockslide first happened just after Christmas.  DOH crews and contractors are working seven days a week to clear the material off of the roadway.  As of Thursday, Jan. 30, officials with the WVDOT said that most of the material has been removed from the roadway.

"We appreciate the public's patience as we work to repair WV 3 and take the necessary steps to ensure that the roadway is safe for travel," said Carrie Bly with the WVDOT.

Crews have already begun assessments on the road and the guardrail, meanwhile the clean-up process and repairs are expected to take at least two weeks to complete.  Officials with the WVDOT said it may be possible to open the road to traffic as repair work is going on, but that will depend on what the assessments show and what course of action is determined.

When asked about rumors of the road being open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., officials with the WVDOT said that the road is not open to the public at all.  They did say that emergency vehicles are being allowed through on a case by case basis.