Madison Creek Reopens; New Construction Begins

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The hours were long and the work was hard Thursday in Logan County, West Virginia.

The Department of Highways was finishing up ten days of work clearing the aftermath of a mudslide on Madison Creek Road.

Crews were doing their part not just to get people back to their houses, but loved ones back to their families.

Thursday marked the first time Roger Caldwell has seen his wife and grandchildren since they were boated across the river.

"It's been tough," said Caldwell.

For Caldwell, the opening of the only roadway in and out of this community comes not a moment too soon. Thursday he took the last of his heart medication.

"I have no refills on my prescriptions so I have to go to the doctor," said Caldwell.

However, with one project down, another gets underway.

"We will begin installing a temporary causeway and temporary bridge for an alternate access for the citizens," said engineer Chris Collins from the West Virginia Department of Highways.

Plans released Thursday reveal mark-ups for the $1.7 million lifeline.

Shifts will be working sun-up to sun-down to get things afloat before another disaster.

"We're hoping that within two weeks we can have that installed and in place," said Collins.

It will provide an exit and more importantly peace of mind to a community desperately in need of some serenity this Christmas season.

The bridge will only be a temporary way out, lasting for about a year. During that time, officials will work to put together a long-term solution.

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