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UPDATE: 1st Street Viaduct Has Reopened

By: WSAZ News Staff
By: WSAZ News Staff

UPDATE 10/18/13 @ 4:11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The 1st Street viaduct in Huntington has been reopened.

It was closed earlier this month when a portion of the road dropped about eight inches. Soil erosion caused by a water main break this past May was blamed for causing that drop.

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UPDATE 10/15/13 @ 4:58 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Weather permitting, the 1st Street viaduct in Huntington should reopen later this week.

The viaduct was closed last week after a portion of the roadway on the 7th Avenue side dropped about eight inches.

Public Works Director David Hagley says the soil eroded underneath the road.

Tuesday, Assistant Director of Public Works, Jim Insco, told the erosion was caused by a water main break that happened on 1st Street in May.

Incsco says as long as weather cooperates, the repairs should be completed and the viaduct should reopen late Thursday or early Friday.

Insco tells that when they were fixing the original slip, they discovered a much larger that that needed to be broken out and refilled. He says in one spot, the slip was 22 inches deep.

West Virginia American Water is working with the city on the project to make sure it is correctly repaired and to avoid a problem like this in the future, according to Insco.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/8/13 @ 12:05 p.m.
UNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The 1st Street Viaduct in Huntington is expected to be closed for the next several days after a problem in roadway was discovered Tuesday morning.

Public Works Director David Hagley tells that a portion of the southbound lanes on the 7th Avenue side of the viaduct dropped about eight inches due to eroding soil underneath the road. Hagley believes this a water related issue.

Right now, workers are digging up the area to determine the extent of the damage.

Hagley says if the damage is not extensive, it will take a few days to fix. If it is bad, he says the repairs will obviously take longer.

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