RALEIGH COUNTY - Raleigh County residents still have to travel an hour and a half out of the way while Route 3 remains closed due to the rock slide.
The massive amount of rock that fell onto Route 3 occurred 2 weeks ago in Sun Dial and is still under construction. The detour is causing headaches to surrounding businesses and everyone who uses the road for a work commute. The detour to get around the slide takes travelers 40 extra miles and can be over an hour's worth of driving. Businesses owned by the same family in town, said the closed road is negatively affecting business. Although the men know how hard the DOH has been working and knows the work is slow, the roads’ temporary closure is quite the inconvenience to the owners and the customers.
Carl Jarrell, an employee of Jarrell’s Backwoods Towing, said, “we've had several wrecking calls to go, just be a mile down below the rock slide, be we have to an hour and a half around the mountain just to get it.”
“The biggest thing is that it's hard to get some of the trucking companies to come in because rockslide. They usually come from Charleston to Beckley and drop off my stuff,” said Gary Jarrell of Jarrell’s General Store.
DOH officials continued to blast and remove pieces of the dangerous structure on Monday, but predict at least a week's delay before the road can be reopened.