UPDATE: Crews hope to open lane of major road by Friday after rockslide

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MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/14/19 @ 1:38 p.m.
Transportation officials say crews are still cleaning up after a rockslide in Mingo County, but hope to open up at least one lane to traffic by the end of the week.

The slide shut down both lanes of U.S. 52 in Gilbert Wednesday. It happened between Little Egypt Road and Old Country Road.

West Virginia Division of Highways District 2 maintenance crews are still cleaning up trees, rock, mud and debris lying in the roadway.

WVDOT officials say they have one lane open for emergency vehicles, but it is not open to the general public.

They say they now have additional resources for the cleanup and hope to have one lane open for alternating traffic by sometime Friday.

"Message boards advise an alternate route of WV 80 to WV 10 (Man), to WV 44 (Logan) back to US 52 (Horsepen) and is approximately 45 miles," WVDOT wrote on Facebook.

UPDATE 2/13/19 @ 7:40 p.m.
Residents and business owners remain affected by major mudslides/rockslides in our region.

West Virginia Department of Transportation crews, along with Mingo County workers, worked throughout the day Wednesday to clean up U.S. 52 in Gilbert.

Officials tell us, due to all of the rain, it was no surprise that a mudslide happened. The one in Mingo County occurred late Tuesday night, stretching almost completely across the road and leaving no space for drivers to pass through.

Workers also say that the only other way around U.S. 52 is about an hour long, and they’re hoping to get it all cleaned up before Friday.

Surrounding businesses tell us that as long as the road is closed, their businesses will be seriously impacted. Chastity Stewart, owner of Giovanni’s Pizza in Gilbert, says there’s no way for her customers on the other side of U.S. 52 to access her restaurant.

She said she expects to have a slow next couple of days.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/13/19
A rockslide in Mingo County is shutting down both lanes of U.S. 52 in Gilbert.

It happened Wednesday morning near the Super America on Gilbert Creek Road.

Crews are working to remove debris, but it will be closed at least until tomorrow. Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes.

As a result of the rockslide, Gilbert PK-8 is closed today.

Another rockslide is being reported in Pike County, Kentucky.

It's on state Route 1441, which is under the U.S. 460 overpass.

U.S. 460 is closed between the U.S. 460 overpass and State Route 1789 on the Millard side. This is the road to Fishtrap Lake.

Crews working to remove the debris say there are large boulders that will have to be broken up.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12 office, State Route 1441 is expected to be closed all of Wednesday.




 
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