EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDiscovery Of Gas Station Remnants Cause Construction Concern
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Bill Oldani
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 9:38 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 11:18 PM EDT
St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The project to complete the new bridge connecting St. Albans to Nitro has hit a snag.
This week, crews working on the Nitro side of the bridge uncovered what's left of an old gas station. It's a clear environmental concern, that set off a red flag for one piece of the bridge project.
The bridge between is now in one big piece, but there is clearly still a lot of work to be done to re-establish the vital connection point in Kanawha County, leaving local residents eager to see the finished product.
"Aw, yeah! We're really excited for it. It's going to be awesome," Jordan Smith of Jefferson.
So an environmental problem uncovered by construction crews this week with the remnants of an old gas station was not exactly welcome news, especially for area businesses.
"It's been really slow since the bridge has been shut down. Actually, it's hurt a lot of businesses here in Nitro," Kathy Wysong with Hot Spot Lounge & Cafe said.
But thankfully, the Department of Transportation said this week's set back is pretty minor. Test results on the environmental issue should be back this week, allowing crews to quickly move forward with removing the problem. Plus, the affected area is just where pipes will be laid for drainage off the new bridge, allowing construction to continue on the bridge structure itself while the mess gets cleaned up.
That's why the DOT insists the project's progress won't be delayed.
"It's been so important for us and the community to meet this deadline so while we've faced some hiccups along the way, we are determined to meet it and we will," Carrie Bly, spokesperson for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said.
Kathy Wysong can only hope the DOT is right, so her commute will be cut down, and business picked back up.
"I watch it! I come out here four or five times a day, and I'm like, 'Hurry! Hurry!'" Wysong said.
In the coming weeks, you'll start to see the ramps to the bridge going up, and eventually pavement being poured for the new road on the bridge. The bridge is set to be ready for drivers in November.
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