Road Problems Near Nursing Home Worry Community Members

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Shawana Camehl visits Valley Center nursing home every week to see her brother who lives there.

But she says the road leading up to the home turns what should be a pleasant trip into a dangerous one.

"There are holes everywhere big enough to swallow your tire," she said.

Cracks, pits, and potholes cover the road that connects to Lincoln Drive. City leaders say it's not part of their grid, and Valley Center management calls it a private road.

Camehl says she just wants to see someone fix it for her brother's safety.

"They had to take him yesterday for a test, and by the time they got back he was nauseated and vomiting because of the motion and vibration," she said.

Valley Center managers released the following statement through Jeanne Moore, spokesperson for Genesis HealthCare:

"We have contacted the city and the state about this road in an attempt to seek assistance with repairs. Although Valley Center does not own the road, we will continue to make repairs as budget allows."

South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens says he offered to make the nursing home and its surrounding area part of the city, but was turned down.

Current managers say the offer wasn't made during their time, but Mullens says it still stands. He says they should file a request through his office.

Camehl says she just wants to see the problem resolved before the weather turns cold.

"All these holes will freeze and get ice...and then it's like you're on a skating patch," she said.

Valley Center managers tell they're open to discussing an annex with the city.

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