UPDATE: Part of roadway in Welch reopens following roadwork from falling wall

Local - 2/21/2014 10:56 AM


WELCH - A road in McDowell County is open again, after road crews worked to clear a mound of dirt and debris from a falling wall.

One lane of Riverside Drive in Welch is now open, according to Mayor Reba Honaker. The Welch side of Summers Street is still completely closed, so folks in that area will need to use the Coney Island entrance until further notice.

Part of Riverside Drive in Welch had collapsed onto Summers Street Wednesday evening. Honaker said crews have since completed recovery and clean-up. Coal truck drivers traveling through the area have been advised to use caution.


ORIGINAL: 2/20/14, 5:06 p.m.

WELCH – A road in McDowell County is blocked as crews work to clear a mound of dirt and debris.

Part of Riverside Drive in Welch collapsed onto Summers Street just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Crews have the roads blocked as they work to clear and secure the area.

Officials say they are concerned about traffic flow out of the city, and a detour on the bypass will add about 10 minutes to your trip.

Mayor Reba Honaker says the walls in Welch are aging and these types of collapses are becoming more frequent.

“They are somewhere in the vicinity of 100 years old. Well, we know that they are starting to give… and things don't last forever.”

Officials say the road block is an inconvenience but it could have been much worse with homes at the bottom of the hill.

Honaker says she has talked to the Division of Highways and plans are in place to secure existing walls to prevent future collapses.


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