Long Road Ahead to Fix Troubled Streets

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The drive down Heizer Creek Road in Putnam County is a slow one. Those behind the wheel must contend with tight curves, overgrown grass, and then there's the parts that are nonexistent.

"You just kinda say a quick prayer and speed on through," said Brandy Presley.

At numerous points, the pavement has slid so far that drivers like Presley pass by faith, hoping to avoid ending up in a creek without a paddle.

Mike McGhee has lived along the road for there decades, so he's witnessed all of the slippage.

"They surveyed it two, three years ago and still haven't fixed it," McGhee said.

These drivers know if the road goes completely out, there are other options.

"We can go out to the top of the hill here toward Liberty," Presley said.

However, in addition to the 45-minute detour, they'll face the same problem.

"That road isn't well maintained either," Presley said.

The West Virginia Department of Highways said they know about the slides, but they also know the money isn't there to fix them. That's why they're managing the slips with an eye on necessary vehicles.

If fire trucks and ambulances, even school buses can get through, they'll keep them open. If not, they'll tap the brakes and the roads will be closed.

While neighbors aren't happy, it's something they've unfortunately become accustomed to seeing.

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