NEW INFO: Route 10 in Logan County Reopens

By: Cathleen Moxley; Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Cathleen Moxley; Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 10/9/13 @ 4 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Transportation says that Route 10 in Logan County is back open.

They say all barricades were removed just before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

DOT officials say the roadway has been paved, striped, and lined with temporary concrete barriers.

The section between Dabney and Man was closed in late July after contractors found the hillside had become unstable.

UPDATE 10/1/13 @ 1:30 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (AP) - A closed section of West Virginia Route 10 in Logan County is expected to reopen in mid-October.

The section between Dabney and Man was closed in late July after contractors found the hillside had become unstable.

West Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carrie Bly said Tuesday that Bizzack Construction LLC of Lexington, Ky., plans to finish excavation by the end of this week.

Bly says West Virginia Paving is scheduled to begin paving on Oct. 14.

The road is expected reopen by the middle to end of that week.

UPDATE 8/16/13 @ 10:40 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 20, Tri River Transit (TRT) will provide transportation for residents affected by the closure of a section of W.Va. 10, according to information from the agency.

TRT will provide “Demand Response” service to the area each Tuesday and Thursday. Citizens are asked to call the office 24 hours in advance to schedule a pick up. That number is 877-212-0815. This message is also posted on their website.

TRT was forced to stop their regular service from Logan to Man when W.Va. 10 was closed in that area.

The Department of Transportation said the project to repair the Rum Creek cut, an area prone to recent rock slides, is about 30 percent complete.

As of Monday, Aug. 12, about 120,000 cubic yards of rock had been removed from that area.

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UPDATE 8/5/13 @ 8:25 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Starting Monday, Aug. 5, Logan County Sheriff’s deputies and police officers are on patrol on either side of the 1-mile-long Route 10 road closure in Logan County to ensure that everything runs smoothly in case of an emergency.

The detour route through Rum Creek and Kelly Mountain has been resurfaced to pave and fix damage, and guardrails have been installed by work crews. Frank Fulks, foreman of West Virginia Paving, said the stretch of the detour that they have repaired is about 6 miles long.

“Should be a lot better,” Fulks said. “They’re installing some guardrails where the edges are steep and deep, so it’ll be smoother and safer.”

Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter said while making the detour safer was a priority for the Department of Highways, they also wanted to create a plan for emergencies after a meeting with neighbors in Man.

“The road closure now has an officer on each end of the roadway, and it’s only going to be open for medical emergencies,” Porter said. “That’s only if a helicopter is not available.”

In addition to her deputies, Porter said officers from Chapmanville, Logan, Man and West Logan are helping out with the patrols 24 hours a day. She said they will continue to do this until the road is back open, which is expected to be about three months from now.

“Everyone just needs to take a little extra time in the mornings and the evenings to get back and forth,” Porter said. “Just do the speed limit. Don’t be in a hurry.”

For Michael Light, this detour and the paving have made his daily commute to work in Charleston even longer. Before, it took him about 90 minutes. Now, he said it takes him two hours and 15 minutes.

“I live up Buffalo Creek and it’s just absolute heck,” Light said. “You got to go all the way around and it takes 15, 20 minutes longer each way.”

He said he was concerned about the possibility of an emergency.

“Paramedics – if somebody gets hurt or something, they got to go the long way around just to get somebody to help them,” Light said.

Light added that he hoped the road would be fixed soon.

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UPDATE 7/30/13 @ 9 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Detours, delays, and dangers are all top of mind in Logan County where a major stretch of road is closed.

Tuesday night, a crowd packed the auditorium at Man High School to voice their concerns to Department of Transportation officials and community leaders.

Ruby Caldwell says since a section of Route 10 between Man and Logan was shut down earlier this month, the detour over Kelly Mountain has caused a significant increase in amount of money she has to pay for gas.

"I drive 45 minutes out of my way to get to work, and I do a minimum wage job," she said.

Brent Walker, a spokesman with the Department of Transportation, says with all the rain this summer causing rock slides, the road being closed is a necessary inconvenience while crews work to repair it.

Crews had been working on the road and letting traffic through every 15 minutes, but Walker says that is no longer a viable option.

"The thought was we could stabilize that hillside and let them continue to work,” Walker said. “In those 15 minutes our contractor could only work seven minutes, because in the next remaining eight minutes, they needed to sweep the road off so we could continue to get traffic. We'd be here for a year in that process."

People at the meeting complained the detour over Kelly Mountain, along with taking about an extra 20 minutes, has a long list of problems also. Crews are working to put guardrails up and pave, leaving several parts of that road being closed to one lane.

Officials say they weren't prepared for that road seeing so much traffic.

Highway officials say they'll try to get coal trucks to come through at less busy hours to cut down on traffic on the detour route.

They're also having additional ambulances and a HealthNet helicopter stationed closeby to ease concerns about the extra time it'll take emergency patients to get to the hospital.

UPDATE 7/24/13 @ 6:45 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A dangerous rock slide has temporarily closed a portion of W.Va. 10 in Logan County. However, this means a permanent change to school boundary lines.

With school starting back in a few weeks, the decision has been made -- no school buses will be taking the long detour.

“We have a plan in place to deliver the curriculum to the Man area (vocational) students. We have virtual programs that we can use,” Superintendent Phyllis Doty said.

So instead of going to the Career and Technical Center like other students in the county, vocational students from Man High School will learn those skills from a classroom in their school.

“I'm not very happy as a mother for that,” Betty Janewillard, a parent, said. “I don't feel he'll get the education he needs with the hands on. He's gonna learn it out of the book and when he starts work, he's gonna be like -- OK, I didn't learn this in class.”

That solution is only temporary, until the road reopens.

As for Logan students who can't get to school, they'll now go to Man -- for good.

“That is the new boundary line -- where the road slip begins,” Doty said.

This means 28 students are permanently changing schools.

Students on the Man side of the slide can choose to remain in Logan schools, but there will be no bus transportation provided.

That means they'll have to find their own transportation and take the detour.

The school system is also trying to accommodate faculty and staff impacted by this.

“If it's a hardship on someone, we want to try to work something out,” Doty said. “We do have agreements where some teachers are gonna trade positions because they can't afford the gas for all the way around."

UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 7 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A stretch of W.Va. 10 in Logan County will be shut down for the next 90 days as a contracting company excavates the rocks near the road.

Officials from the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Monday afternoon that the road would be closed for three months. The part of the road that is closed is near Lyburn and is a little less than 1 mile in length. It’s the same area where a rockslide sent three people to the hospital in early July.

In a release Monday evening, WVDOT Secretary Paul Mattox explained the reason for the closure and the existing work by Bizzack Construction.

“The steep hillside work is becoming increasingly unstable and, thus, unsafe for traffic to move through the work zone,” Mattox said in a release. “So the decision has been made to close the area until the slope can be lowered to an elevation such that traffic can be safely managed through the work zone."

Carter Muncy, project supervisor for the road closure, said after the accident two weeks ago, the DOH decided it wasn’t safe for drivers to go through the area.

“We've had some loose rock and dirt and debris come off the hill and make it unsafe for the traveling public,” Muncy said. “Right now [the rock] is basically vertical beside the road, and anyone who has drove up through here knows that.”

The detour takes drivers onto Rum Creek Road (County 14) and then to Buffalo Creek Road (County 16), since the closure is between Dabney and Man. People who work and live nearby said the detour of more than 17 miles is causing serious delays for them.

“We do a lot of deliveries and pick-ups for Walker Machine,” Freda Blankenship, who works for Garretson Machine and Fabrication, said. “Usually it would take seven to 10 minutes to get there. Now it's taking an hour and 10 minutes to take the detour. Some of the guys who work here, who live on the other side of the hill, it's hard for them to get here to work.”

She added, “It's one of the most dangerous roads around, and they do definitely need the road, but it seems like there should be an easier way.”

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UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 9:45 a.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Route 10 in the Lyburn area of Logan County has closed again due to a rock slide that previously sent several people to the hospital.

911 dispatchers say the road had reopened, but is still believed to be unsafe -- so law enforcement closed it.

The road is closed in both directions, and will remain that way for at least the remainder of Monday -- possibly even longer.

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UPDATE 7/12/13 @ 1 p.m.
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three people were taken to the hospital after a rock slide in Logan County.

It happened on Route 10 near Lyburn about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Logan County Sheriff's Deputies say Roy Lambert and two children were in a pickup truck that was hit by the falling rocks.

They were taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital. Their conditions have not been released.

Deputies say the rock slide was caused by the construction of a new highway in the area.

LOGAN COUTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A rockslide has shut down a busy road and sent one person to the hospital.

It happened about 5 p.m. along Old Route 10 near Lyburn in Logan County.

Dispatchers say rocks hit one car.

The driver was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters say more rocks are unstable.

The road has been closed and traffic is being diverted.

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