Mountain stabilization project coming along in Smithers

SMITHERS, WV (WOAY) – For the past year, the City of Smithers has experienced mudslides and even road closures because of mountain movement along Route 60.

When the West Virginia Department Of Environmental Protection determined it was mine water that was causing the mountain to shift, the city was able to use Abandoned Mine Land Grant funds to install 90-ft. beams to hold it back.

Now, Smithers Mayor Anne Cavalier says this just over $2 million project is on track to for a quick completion. 

“They’ve moved thousands of yards of dirt and the big blue piece of equipment up there is a drill that can drill down 90 feet, and this is the first time it’s ever been used in this operation,” Cavalier said.  

She also says she expects the project to be done in three months but says the crew is already ahead of schedule. 

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Anna Saunders
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.