DOH blasts mountain in Montgomery to help with ongoing landslide issue

MONTGOMERY, WV (WOAY) – The Division of Highways has been working on a landslide across from Downtown Montgomery on Route 60 that the community has been dealing with for about a year-and-a-half. 

On Tuesday, they blasted the rest of the rock off of the mountain in hopes to get that cleaned up to get it back to normal.

Montgomery Mayor Greg Ingram says it has taken some time to get this done because of lack of DOH funding, so it has just been cones in the road, causing detours. 

“It’s been a real inconvenience for all the residents in the Upper Kanawha Valley to have to get choked down to two lanes,” he said. “And it’s just been a total inconvenience for everyone. It was a construction zone, so we had to enforce the speed limits so a lot of people weren’t happy with that.”

There is still a lane closed while they continue to work so if you are coming from Charleston, it is advised to take Route 61 instead and use the Montgomery Bridge to get back on 60.

If you are coming from the other direction, the work zone is just after the bridge, so you opportunity to get on 61 beforehand.

There is no set date as to when both lanes will be open again.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.