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Have patience with Pennsylvania Avenue work

There still are only a few answers as to the condition of an area of Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton following a land subsidence in recent weeks.

The one certain piece of information is that it will be some time before any solution is determined and work can begin. City officials, in fact, feel we probably won’t see much in the way of repairs to the slide and roadway until sometime in the spring.

The section of road, from just below North 10th Street to Angela Street, was closed Oct. 17 after a portion of the road began to break apart while the ground underneath slid away from the nearby hillside.

Traffic has been detoured away from the area ever since while tests of the area are performed to see if there is suitable and sturdy enough ground to support a rebuilt road.

We underThere still are only a few answers as to the condition of an area of Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton following a land subsidence in recent weeks.

The one certain piece of information is that it will be some time before any solution is determined and work can begin. City officials, in fact, feel we probably won’t see much in the way of repairs to the slide and roadway until sometime in the spring.

The section of road, from just below North 10th Street to Angela Street, was closed Oct. 17 after a portion of the road began to break apart while the ground underneath slid away from the nearby hillside.

Traffic has been detoured away from the area ever since while tests of the area are performed to see if there is suitable and sturdy enough ground to support a rebuilt road.

We understand it is an inconvenience to many, including residents and businesses who have relied for years on that area of Pennsylvania Avenue. Detours have been established, but some of them may not be suitable for the increased amount of traffic, especially in the winter months. That makes it frustrating for many, and the news it may take several months before we see any repairs, we’re sure, is not being met with any positive thoughts.

We must keep in mind, though, that this is not a project to be rushed. We want it to be done correctly and in a way that will prevent such incidents in the future.

Keep in mind, also, that Pennsylvania Avenue is a state road, meaning it will be up to the West Virginia Division of Highways to determine the path forward.

This will certainly take time, and there will be much concern and uncertainty in the meantime. We urge patience in the months ahead. We also encourage all residents to take extra care when using the detours while the work is ongoing.

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