Slip Repair Begins Today in Weirton

After five months of disruptions to area motorists, repairs to a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue are set to begin today.

According to information released by the West Virginia Division of Highways, slip repair work on the road will begin with crews from both the WVDOH and GSI Stabilization on site.

Weirton officials said they have been in communication with the DOH throughout the planning process. The project is anticipated to be completed by June 15, according to the DOH.

The repair is a result of a land subsidence, which began the evening of Oct. 17, leading to the collapse of a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue between North 10th and Angela streets.

Mayor Harold Miller expressed his appreciation to state Sens. Ryan Weld, R-Brooke, and Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio; as well as former state Sen. Edwin Bowman, all of whom he said have been keeping the project at the forefront with state officials.

“A lot of people are impacted,” Miller said, noting the difficulties the slide has caused for residents and businesses, as well as the city’s Public Works Department, Hancock County Schools and Weirton Transit Authority. “They put a priority on it.”

Miller explained the difficulty in developing the repair project, as it involved not only the state, but also two private companies — Starvaggi Industries and Phoenix Services.

Blosser urged caution to residents, encouraging them to stay away from the slip area throughout the project’s timeline. Road closure signs have been posted since October, and officials have issued warnings against attempts to walk or drive through the area.

“People should avoid even traversing that area,” Blosser said. “There will be a lot of earth movement. People should not be there.”

Blosser explained if residents need to get downtown, and feel they have no other way to do so, they should contact the mayor’s office and arrangements can be made to assist them.