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LATEST: Contractors knock down boulders on Route 99 over Bolt Mountain

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Contractors knock rocks off of the hillside above Route 99 where an rockslide happened on Monday, April 21. Contractors knock rocks off of the hillside above Route 99 where an rockslide happened on Monday, April 21.
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The West Virginia Department of Transportation was on site as contractors worked to stabilize the hillside above Route 99 on Thursday, April 24.  The road was closed intermittently throughout the day as crews from Geo Stabilization International removed rocks along the hill that gave way on Monday blocking traffic for several hours.  Crews with the West Virginia Department of Transportation's GeoTechnical team surveyed the hill on Tuesday. 

To remove the rocks that threatened to fall, contractors repelled down the hillside.  They used picks, axes and chainsaws to remove the rock and debris by hand.  They also used airbags, also known as pillows.  The airbags are wedged into cracks and then inflated to loosen the rock.  The work on the area was expected to be completed by the end of the day on Thursday.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Carrie Bly with the Division of Highways tells 59News Route 99 reopened Monday night around 7:30 p.m. after a rock slide blocked the road in western Raleigh County.

At around 12:15 p.m. there was a rockslide on Route 99, also known as Bolt Road.  The road goes over Bolt Mountain near the Wyoming County border.  Both lanes of the road were blocked, but WVDOT crews are working to clear the roadway.  Until the roadway is cleared, drivers are advised to use an alternate route. 

As of around 4:15 p.m. most of the rock had been removed from the roadway.  Crews were assessing the stability of the hillside to determine if the road is safe to travel.   Carrie Bly with the DOT said that they hope to have the road back open by nightfall.  on Monday, April 21.  A crew will remain on site throughout the night to keep watch in case more rocks fall into the roadway.  On Tuesday, April 22 a crew from the WVDOT Geotechnical Division will assess the area.