Landslide closes Route 82 in Nicholas County


4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2015 UPDATE:

The West Virginia Department of Transportation released new information about the landslide that closed WV Route 82 on Monday, July 13, 2015.  Crews with the WV Division of Highways have removed around 2,500 tons of rock from the roadway.  That is about half way done, as workers estimate there is another 2,500 tons of material left to remove.  

The storms on Monday and Tuesday hindered clean up efforts, however, officials still expect the road to be reopened during the evening hours on Friday, July 17.  Traffic is still being directed to follow WV 20 to Craigsville and WV 55 to US 19 at Muddlety until the slide is cleared.

Crews with the West Virginia Division of Highways closed WV 82 on Monday, July 13, 2015.  A large landslide that officials with the WVDOH said was caused by heavy rain closed the road.  The slide is about 2.6 miles east of Birch River.

(CLICK HERE to view a map of the slide area)

Workers with the state are removing rock and debris.  The road is scheduled to be reopened to one-lane traffic on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at around 6 p.m.  A detour is in place that routes traffic onto WV 20 to Craigsville and WV 55 to US 19 at Muddlety.  The alternate route will remain in place until the rock and debris can be removed from the roadway.

The road is expected to be completely cleared by July 17, 2015.  Motorists are asked to observe all signs, signals and flaggers.  If you must travel in the area, use caution until you are through the work zone, once it is reopened to traffic.

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