Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A traffic alert to pass along to anyone who frequently uses New River Drive in Beckley. The road is still closed, but it will soon be open to traffic in both directions.

In August 2020, the road closed after it was in need of repairs and beginning to deteriorate. Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold said concrete is being poured this week, and asphalt should be laid down in April.

“Right now there will probably be a couple inch gap, maybe a three inch gap, between the current roadway and the concrete roadway that will be filled in,” Rappold said.

Rappold said both lanes should open in about 10 days weather permitting.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — New River Drive in Beckley is currently closed. Jerry Stump, Director at the Board of Public Works in Beckley, said workers closed off the road to drivers Sunday, Aug 17, 2020.

Stump said the road deteriorated. Crews coming up with a solution to the problem. Stump said no homes or businesses are impacted.

“No businesses in between, no houses in between or anything like that. We were fortunate that it won’t hurt any. But now the cut-through, I guess the shortcut, that people use will be a problem for a while,” Stump said.

Stump said there is no timeline yet for when the road will be back open.