Although an 8-mile section of W.Va. 10 between Man and Logan remains closed for the next two and a half months, the state Division of Highways is making improvements to make the closure easier on the community.
For emergency vehicles, the division has worked with the construction contractor, Lexington, Ky.-based Bizzack Construction, to develop a system to allow emergency service vehicles to use the closed part of the road, but only if a medical helicopter is unable to fly.
For the road to reopen for an emergency vehicle, like an ambulance, Bizzack will have to stop work and clear any debris so the vehicle can get through. Emergency traffic will be permitted only when the road is deemed safe.
For residents, the Division of Highways is upgrading the 17-mile detour route, which includes portions of Kelly Mountain Road and Buffalo Creek Road.
Last week, West Virginia Paving began laying new asphalt on parts of the route. Five- to 10-minute delays are expected while paving is taking place. The division is also installing new guardrail and adding 68 new signs to help drivers identify the detour.