Resident Wants Truckers Re-Routed Away from Deepwater Mountain

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va (WOAY) – Residents who live along Deepwater Mountain are still frustrated over the tractor trailers that get stuck on a sharp curve where Route 61 and Boonesborough Rd. meet. 

Because of the problem, the Department of Highways has since come in and paved an area that would cause many trucks to get stuck. However, one resident, George Wheeler, believes this hasn’t helped and wants this area to be taken off the map for truckers who use the mountain to gain access to I-77. He feels as though the trucks are too big for this curve and the rest of the narrow road leading to Oak Hill. 

“They’re not paying attention to those signs,” Wheeler said. “When one gets hung they’re like, ‘GPS brought me this way.’ And maybe some of that’s the case, GPS. But myself, a lot of it, is that they don’t want to pay the high tolls.” 

 Newswatch reached out to the Department of Transportation and they responded by saying it would not be possible to reroute the trucks. The plan now is to see how the new paving holds up. 

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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.