SUNDIAL - A major rock slide is expected to shut down parts of a Raleigh County road for several days.
Division of Highways (DOH) officials said natural forces are to blame for the massive amount of rock completely obstructing Route 3 in Sundial. Blasting and drilling to break up the rocks began Sunday. The road has been closed in that area since the rocks fell from a mountainside on Friday.
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes. Officials said the road could reopen by the end of the week. Officials will consult with DOH geotechnical engineers to determine how to stabilize the mountain.
ORIGINAL: 12/28/13, 5:08 p.m.
SUN DIAL - A major rock slide is expected to shut down parts of a Raleigh County Rd. for more than a week, and neighbors said that area is not the only one that should be considered dangerous.
Officials said natural forces were to blame for the massive amount of rock completely obstructing Route 3 in Sun Dial. Apparently, this single slide comes with many other factors.
Division of Highways Manager of this district, Thomas Camden, said, "a lot of it has to do with the freezing and thawing of, this year we've had such unsettled weather... there's been a lot of rain. Just natural forces."
DOH officials said there's still more work to be done... continued blasting will happen throughout December, and traffic in this area will be shut down completely.
"Probably at least a week; the initial plan is thery're going to have to construct another road in behind this slide and try to remove, there's still a lot of rock up there that is fairly precarious that's gunna have to be removed," said Camden.
What continues to be unsettling to neighbors is the surrounding area, that hasn't been evaluated for the same potential problems. Families that live just feet away from this rock slide said this was bound to happen.
"It's horrible, it's horrible to know that that fell down and it coulda got any of us going up and down this road. It's dangerous and 2 years ago we tried to get them to take them big rocks off and they wouldn't listen to us," said Sun Dial resident, Flora Clay, who drove by the site just moments before the rocks fell.
Donna Hayes, witness of the rock slide, said, "They never did nothing about it... And the one down here at Pettry Bottom Curve; it's gunna be next, because it's just hanging over the road."
As crews continue to work on removing this rock slide, traffic is advised to seek alternate travel routes until the new roadway has been constructed.