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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) 9:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021: An announcement from the West Virginia Department of Transportation stated they expect to reopen Prosperity Road on Friday. A 130-foot section of the road collapsed on Jan. 26, 2021.

“We’re still on schedule,” said West Virginia Division of Highways District 10 Engineer Joe Pack.

The damage was caused by a water line which burst in the 700 block, which is near Robert C. Byrd Dr. It washed out about 12 feet of embankment under the roadway. That led one lane to collapse.

“Without working 24 hours a day, this is about as quick as you could do a project of this magnitude,” Pack added.

He said the road was not easy to repair. In addition to the work done by the Division of Highways, there was also work to be performed by American Electric Power (AEP) and the local water company. This included repairing the water line and replacing a utility pole.


12 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 UPDATE: A collapsed portion of Prosperity Road is still closed, but is expected to reopen at the end of the week.

West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) District 10 Engineer Joseph Pack said repairs are in its final phase and is expected to be open to traffic at the end of business on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

Crews will return at a later date to complete the asphalt patching.

Stay with 59 News as we will bring the latest on the road closure.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 2/4/2021 11 a.m. UPDATE: A collapsed portion of Prosperity Road is still closed, as crews begin to work on repairs.

According to District 10 Engineer Joseph Pack, the West Viginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) is coordinating with utility companies, including Beckley Water and AEP, to relocate utilities involved in the embankment failure. Crews allowed the utility companies to perform their work first in order for minimal disturbance to water and electrical services.  Once complete, Pack said the WVDOH will be able to make those repairs more efficiently. 

Pack said the utility relocations are scheduled to be completed this week, with roadway repairs starting next week.  Those repairs include stabilization of the roadway embankment, backfilling of the roadway sub base, and patching of the affected road surface.

The majority of those repairs are estimated to be completed by Feb. 19, 2021, according to Pack.

Stay with 59 News as we will bring the latest on the road closure.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 1/28/2021 3 p.m. UPDATE: A Raleigh County road damaged by flooding may become worse before it gets better.

Prosperity Road was damaged by flood waters on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, and part of the road collapsed. With the snow that fell on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, that road damage may become worse.

Joseph Pack with the WV Division of Highways said it is not the weight of the snow that will cause a problem. He said any moisture could negatively impact the sub base of the roadway, and cause further damage. Pack said the DOH will assess any further damage once the snow cleanup is complete.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — 1/27/2021 4 p.m. UPDATE: Prosperity Road will remain closed after a partial collapse.

District 10 Engineer Joseph Pack said the WVDOH is working with the Beckley Water company to first allow repairs to an existing water line affected by the collapse in order for service to continue to area customers.  Once their work is completed, DOH crews will begin repair of the roadway soon thereafter. 

The road will remain closed until the road is safe to travel.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: A road in Raleigh County partially collapsed on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The damage happened on the 700 block of Prosperity Road, just off of Robert C. Byrd Drive.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. According to Beckley-Raleigh County Emergency Services, one lane is collapsed in the curve. That part of the road is closed. There is no word on what caused the collapse.

The WV Division of Highways is on scene and the power company was notified. DOH administrator Johnny Vass said the damage will take several months to repair.

Crews will completely shut down the roadway on Tuesday night. There is a concern the collapse will continue as administrators said the ground is still moving.

Prosperity Road from Ogden Street to the intersection with Robert C. Byrd Drive is closed until further notice. Drivers are asked use caution and avoid travelling through this area until further notice.

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