NEW DETAILS: Both lanes of CR1 near Iaeger, WV are back open - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

NEW DETAILS: Both lanes of CR1 near Iaeger, WV are back open

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The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced that CR 1 which was blocked by a rockslide on Sunday has been reopened earlier than expected.  A contractor has been working all week to clear the road between U.S. Route 52 near Iaeger and Litwar.  According to Carrie Bly with the WVDOT, both lanes of the road were reopened at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

A contractor was hired to clean up the rockslide so that Division of Highways crews could continue to focus on their normal maintenance duties. The target date for finishing the work was Friday, April 11, but contractors were able to finish early.  Crews with the WVDOH patrolled the area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to watch the hillside and make sure it remained stable.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has secured funds to allow a contractor to remove a rock that is blocking traffic on CR 1 in McDowell County.  The WVDOT estimated the work to cost approximately $25,000, which will also include clean up.  This will also allow DOH crews to continue to focus on their normal maintenance duties.

The contractor is expected to be work on Tuesday, April 8.  The road remains closed between Litwar and the intersection of U.S. 52 near Iaeger. The Division of Highways hopes to have the road re-opened by Friday, April 11.