Senate Majority Leader Unger requests engineering study - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

WV Senate Majority Leader Unger requests engineering study

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Car Fire Investigation in Fayette County

    Car Fire Investigation in Fayette County

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:24 AM EDT2014-08-29 09:24:05 GMT
    A car fire early Friday morning (8/29)is being investigated in Fayette County.
    A car fire early Friday morning (8/29)is being investigated in Fayette County.
  • Pilot confirmed dead in Virginia military jet crash

    Pilot confirmed dead in Virginia military jet crash

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:58:58 GMT
    WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) -Military officials in Massachusetts say they've confirmed that the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed.Col. James Keefe says his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity hasn't been disclosed.The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.The F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking residents but causing no injuries ...
    WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) -Military officials in Massachusetts say they've confirmed that the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed.Col. James Keefe says his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity hasn't been disclosed.The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.The F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking residents but causing no injuries ...
  • Police Search for Missing Woman

    Police Search for Missing Woman

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:23:19 GMT
    Darlene HatfieldDarlene Hatfield
    The search is on for a missing woman in Bluefield, West Virginia. Officers with the Bluefield Police Department said Darlene Hatfield has been missing since August 15.
    The search is on for a missing woman in Bluefield, West Virginia. Officers with the Bluefield Police Department said Darlene Hatfield has been missing since August 15.

Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, is requesting the West Virginia Department of Transportation conduct an engineering survey to address the hazardous conditions on Chestnut Hill Road in Jefferson County.

Unger said in a news release April 17 the area studied by the Geotechnical Section nearly five years ago monitored one large granite face that is slowly splitting off and shifting.

"It is impossible to estimate by sight alone the mass of the granite face," Unger said. "If this is dislodged, Chestnut Hill Road and Rt. 340 all the way to the Shenandoah River would be destroyed with potential loss of human life and property."

Unger is also asking WVDOT to conduct an engineering survey and study, to immediately consider other possible solutions such as terracing, cutting setbacks and using gabion baskets or other strong fencing to hold the boulders.

"A permanent closure of Chestnut Hill Road is not a solution without providing other means of ingress and egress from the mountain," he said. "In the event of an emergency, the lack of access would put thousands of residents living north of the intersection of Hostler Road and Chestnut Hill Road at risk of being land locked."

Unger had a letter hand delivered to WVDOT Secretary Paul Mattox April 16 asking for immediate help in resolving the issues of Chestnut Hill Road.