Last updated: April 30. 2014 4:52AM - 1188 Views
Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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Ever since construction started on Rt. 10 near Madison Creek, property owners have faced a long and grueling battle with the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

The area has been pounded with mudslides and quakes from blasting that it has become nearly impossible to live in the area. The only road into Madison Creek was blocked numerous times, causing difficulty for employees to get to work, children to get to school and emergency vehicles to get to and from the hospital.

But now, residents and property owners have some good news to consider.

Because the DOT understands that residents are frustrated, and that their construction has caused a lot of hardships, they are offering to buy out the property in the Madison Creek area.

Carrie Bly, a spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said the property is not necessary for the project so the state cannot exercise eminent domain. For this reason, no one can or will be forced to sell.

“We’re trying to stress to people that we’re trying our best to accelerate the project. It’s expected to be finished in 20 months. So the question is, does your property mean enough to you that you’d be willing to wait it out another 20 months?”

Bly made it clear that the DOT has no plans for the property they’re buying. The offer is a courteous act because they understand that the residents are getting aggravated.

“We’re literally just buying these spots for the land. There is nothing for the project that will be placed in these spots. The homes will be torn down, and the land will just sit there.”

Bly said offers should be on the table for property owners to consider by August.

The residents who choose to stay will have direct access to the new highway that is being built; the highway will have an exit ramp that leads right to Madison Creek.

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