EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRoute 34 Disrepair Concerns Red House Residents
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Reported: May. 18, 2014 9:37 PM EDT
RED HOUSE, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- People in Red House are a little uneasy because W.Va. Route 34, a regularly-used road there, is falling off the side of a cliff.
Crumbling and falling apart, part of the road is no longer passable.
"It ain't been this bad in years," Boyd Saunders of Red House said.
Saunders said the road started slipping about two weeks ago.
A chunk of the road has fallen off, and is now going straight down the mountain.
"This is the main route going north," Saunders said.
It's a busy road, that's been cut down to one lane.
Merrill and Connie Honaker drive the road at least two times a day.
They said it's scary to drive on a road that looks like it could collapse any second, taking drivers down with it.
"When i get my shot, I go ahead and shoot on through there a little quicker than normal, instead of sitting on top of it," Honaker said.
The West Virginia Division of Highways said it is keeping an eye on the slip, and insists what's left of the road is still safe to drive on.
If the road does get any worse, it's going to mean a major detour for the Honakers.
The DOH said Route 34 has moved up higher on their priority list, which is good news for people living there who are worried about their daily commutes.
"It's dangerous down there when they've got it blocked off," Saunders said.
The road was just repaired last year, so people who live there say it's frustrating that it's already falling apart.
There is no official word on when the road is going to be fixed this time around.
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