The United State Department of Agriculture Forest Service has issued a closure order for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project in Pocahontas County.
The right of way and access roads in National Forest System lands on the Marlinton Ranger District is under a temporary closure to the public due to construction safety hazards. The order is in effect for 120 days and could potentially be extended longer during construction.
“The purpose of doing that in the corridor was to keep people out so they don’t get hurt. So, you’re dropping trees on extremely steep slopes and places, and that’s hazardous, and, certainly, you don’t want the general public in there. We have a lot of places where the roads are really a lane and a half, and you throw big trucks on that, and you got people in there, and they are recreating,” said Forest Supervisor Clyde Thompson.
National Forest officials are urging residents and recreationists to be cautious when visiting the area.
Areas affected include:
- Allegheny Road (Forest Road 55) from its junction with State Route 84 north to the pipeline centerline (2.8 miles)
- Upper Shock Run Road (FR 1017) from the pipeline centerline north 200 feet
- Buzzard Ridge Road (FR 1026) from where the road crosses onto NFS land (near US 219) north and east to where the road exits NFS land (4.2 miles)
- Sugar Camp Road (FR 1012) from where the road crosses onto NFS land (near SR 92) north to the pipeline centerline (1.78 miles)