EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMASSIVE ROAD SLIP
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Work Begins On Massive Road Slip In Clay County
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Leslie Rubin, Bethany Simmons
Reported: Feb. 27, 2013 10:39 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 8:33 PM EST
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
Repairs to fix a massive road slip in Clay County, that Eyewitness News first reported on earlier this week, got under way on Friday.
A Colorado construction company was working on the 100-foot damaged section along Cressmont Road.
The road slipped last Monday. The repairs are expected to take about two weeks. Meanwhile, some 60 students are being forced to walk around the roadway because it remains unsafe for a school bus to travel.
A massive road slip in Clay County has school officials taking extra precautions so children who travel the potentially dangerous stretch of road are not injured.
State roads crews said Cressmont Road, despite the damage, is safe. They said depending on the weather the next few days, the road could crumble even more, leaving some fearful of an hour detour that would come with it.
Right now, Clay County school officials said getting a school bus full of kids across the road safely is their main priority.
Mike Mullins is the director of student services at Clay County schools, but for now, he is also in charge of making sure 60 kids get across the road as safely as possible.
On Tuesday, a section of Cressmont Road completely gave way. Officials say it's a major road between Clay and Summersville.
Due to the of the extensive damage, Clay County school officials have been left with two options when it comes to bus 60. They can either have the bus take an hour detour, which would be added to the hour kids already spend on the bus, or they can take each child off the bus, have the bus drive across empty and then pick the kids up on the other side. Right now, they're taking option two.
"We've talked to the state road, and they feel that is safe and prudent to do," Mullins said.
Trey Corwell has two small children whot ride the bus. He's extremely concerned about the road being shut down and hopes it doesn't come to that, for his children's sake and also for his pregnant wife.
"If something were to happen and the rest of the road would wash out, it could be two hours trying to get to Charleston to the hospital," he said. "They catch the bus just before 7 now, to take that much extra time during the day to get to school. I don't know that my 4- and 6-year-old little girls are prepared for a trip that long."
Carrie Bly, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, said the road issue is "a priority situation for us. When you have a heavily traveled road in a community and you have to completely close the road and put up a detour, this is a priority."
Road workers said once work gets started it could take two to three weeks to fix. They said it doesn't look like they will have to shut the road down while they are working on repairs.
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