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WVDOT: More time needed to clean up rockslide on Route 3

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WVDOT officials said it could be another week before the cliff face on Route 3 is stabilized and the material is removed from Route 3 near Sundial. WVDOT officials said it could be another week before the cliff face on Route 3 is stabilized and the material is removed from Route 3 near Sundial.

Crews are still working to clean up a rockslide in Raleigh County that has cut off quick access to some communities in the western part of the county. It has been about three weeks since huge boulders fell from a cliff face along Route 3 near Sundial.

Officials with the West Virginia Department of Transportation said that blasting was being done on Tuesday, Jan. 14.  One problem is that the crews who are working to bring down the cliff are having difficulty finding places to haul the material.  That is because there is just so much of it. According to the WVDOT, environmental and federal regulations are delaying the process of finding a proper waste site.

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On Wednesday, Jan. 15, WVDOT officials updated the timeline for blasting and clean up of the material.  They said it will be at least a week before all of the rock on the cliff is knocked down and removed. 

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Once the cliff face is stabilized, and the rock and dirt is removed from the roadway, the next phase of clean up can begin.  That will be repairing the road and opening it to drivers. Brent Walker said earlier in January that the Department of Transportation will not put travelers in the mountain state on unsafe roads.