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UPDATE: Both lanes of Route 3 reopened to traffic at 5 p.m.

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The guardrail is being replaced on Route 3 near Sundial, WV and the road is expected to reopen this evening.  The road has been closed for more than a month after a massive rockslide. The guardrail is being replaced on Route 3 near Sundial, WV and the road is expected to reopen this evening. The road has been closed for more than a month after a massive rockslide.
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Many Raleigh County residents have had a headache of a commute for almost 2 months now.

But Tuesday night, they found relief. According to the Department of Transportation's Communications Specialist Carrie Bly, Route 3 was reopened to two-lane traffic at 5 p.m.

Following the rockslide, drivers have been re-directed to Route 1.

As last minute repairs and construction have come to a conclusion, one lane of Route 3 had re-opened, allowing traffic to slowly pass through it again.

A nearby resident told 59News while being directed on Route 1, he has had to plan at least an extra hour into his daily commute.

"It's actually an added one hour drive from the normal route, route 3 vs. route 1. I'm concerned about the school kids, they have to go around Spruce Mountain, that takes them about another hour to get to school and it's dangerous," said Dry Creek resident, Harold Bradford.

Despite people feeling a huge sense of relief knowing that both lanes have re-opened, they want to know why it has taken so long.

"You don't want any kind of instances where a rockslide will come down and hit a car. A lot of planning goes into making sure it's fixed right. Time isn't of the essence in a situation like this, public safety is," said Travis Thomas of Green Acres Contracting.

Tom Camden with the Division of Highways told 59News:

"If all it the job was, was cleanup of debris, we would have finished weeks ago. As the public's safety is always our chief concern, we took the time necessary to ensure the stability of the mountainside."

Right now mud and gravel is laid down as a temporary fix to the road to allow traffic. Camden also said asphalt plants open in April and they will begin permanent paving along Route 3 this spring.

This is how Bradford told us he will celebrate both lanes being re-opened.

"I'm going to go on down to the Dairy Queen and get me a banana split, even as cold as it is! Haha!" said Bradford.

The Division of Highways issued a statement to the public saying:

"This construction has been an investment to the public's safety, we greatly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding."

  

 

  

 


 

 

 

UPDATE:

Officials with the West Virginia Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday, Feb. 11 that they will be reopening Route 3 in Raleigh County.

According to Communications Specialist Carrie Bly, Route 3 was reopened to two lane traffic at 5 p.m.  Officials with the WVDOT said that the repairs to the road are temporary and that the roadway will remain rough until permanent repairs can be made in the Spring.  In the meantime, the speed limit on road will be reduced to 15 MPH in the area.

Contractor Vecillio and Grogan wrapped up their work on the roadway over the weekend and turned the project over to the West Virginia Division of Highways. Route 3 has been closed for more than a month.  The rockslide that happened near the community of Sundial occurred on Friday, Dec. 27.


After more than a month of work, there is light at the end of the tunnel for people taking a detour around a rockslide in western Raleigh County.

 

The West Virginia Department of Transportation said that work to clear the rockslide that happened between Christmas and New Year's Day is nearly complete.  Officials with Vecillio and Grogan, the contractor hired to do the work on stabilizing the cliff face, said that they expect to complete their work over the weekend of Feb. 8 and 9.  Crews with the Division of Highways will be working on replacing the guardrail and making temporary repairs to the roadway.

Officials with the WVDOT said that they appreciate the continued patience of people in the communities affected by the slide.  They have been working to accommodate some local travelers when possible.

"During the last couple of weeks, we have allowed local traffic to drive through the site at certain times," said DOT Communications Specialist, Carrie Bly. "These openings occurred during the morning/evening commute, and only when equipment was not running and the work site was deemed safe for travel."

"With an election scheduled for Saturday in Raleigh County, the DOH will make every attempt to accommodate drivers heading to the polls.  Traffic will only be permitted through the site only when the road is deemed safe for travel."

The Raleigh County Clerk's office is also working to accommodate voters in the part Raleigh County affected by the rock slide.  A temporary polling place will be set up at the old Pettus Grade School on Saturday.

The Division of Highways expects to have the roadway reopened, with restrictions, by the end of next week.  However, permanent repairs to the roadway will take place in the spring.