Repairs to Williams River Road Will Require Temporary Closure

Release Date: Sep 25, 2012  

Contact(s): Jon Morgan

For Release:  September 25, 2012
Contact:  Jon Morgan
Phone:  304-636-1800

Repairs to Williams River Road Will Require Temporary Closure

(Elkins, WV) Long popular with anglers, campers, and sightseers, the Williams River Road (FR86) is one of the most scenic drives in the Monongahela National Forest. However, the proximity of the road to the river means not infrequent needs to repair damage caused by high water and/or from heavy rains. The last couple of years have been especially hard on this road, and officials with the Forest will soon begin repairs to the section between Tea Creek Campground and Three Forks. This will require temporary closures in the area.

During the actual construction period the contractor will have to close the road to through traffic in order to operate safely. Recognizing that this is a heavily used road all construction work will cease by 7:00 PM each Friday and the road will be open for through traffic each weekend until 5:00 AM on Mondays, when the road will once again be closed to through traffic. If the weather is conducive, the work will take place only on Monday through Thursday, and the road will be open an extra day on Fridays. Portable closure barriers will be erected at either end of the section under active construction and will be moved as work progresses. Closed sections will be kept as short as possible to minimize impact and barriers will be set at good turning locations along the roadway. Access to most locations will be maintained throughout the project, though access routes may change from the Cowen end to the Scenic Highway as the work proceeds downriver. Work is estimated to begin on or about October 9th and take approximately 4-5 weeks to complete.

“We regret having to close this popular road, even temporarily” said Gauley District Ranger Jared Johnson, “but know that once the repairs are done it will be a better and safer road to travel.”