W.Va. DOH making progress at Madison Creek

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

December 17, 2013

Residents who live at Madison Creek in Logan County are either staying will family, at a hotel or they opted to stay in their homes while their access road is closed.

They have been told to call the United States Postal Service to have their mail held at one of the post offices in the area since mail delivery can’t be made, the residents staying in their homes are relying on delivery of supplies and medication and some of the ones on the outside are unhappy because some family members had to stay behind. It’s a difficult situation for everyone involved.

The good news is W.Va. Department of Highways Communications Specialist Carrie Bly says there has been significant progress on making a road through to Madison Creek.

“Crews are making progress on bringing down the hillside along Madison Creek Road. It is the intention of the WVDOH to have the roadway open to traffic on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Since the hillside was essentially pushed onto the existing road, it will be covered in mud and gravel in some spots. However the contractor has been able to clear the road to original grade. Flaggers will be staged along the road to ensure everyone crosses safely. The progress made has given them a more permanent “temporary” fix. The DOH is also moving forward to build a causeway across the Guyandotte River. Once the causeway is complete, Madison Creek Road will be closed to traffic. Emergency crews continue to transfer residents to and from their homes by boat. The DOH is continuing to deliver food and supplies to families who chose to remain in their homes. For those who left, hotel rooms, rental cars, and food are being provided.”