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Jefferson Avenue Extension in Moundsville Remains Closed Due to Sinkhole

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A sinkhole was discovered by West Virginia DOH crews while they were patching potholes in the area Wednesday afternoon.

The opening of the sinkhole is now covered for safety, however, Harry Logsdon, of the Moundsville Sanitary Board, said the opening of the hole is much smaller than the problem that is occurring underground.

"What's happened is we have a manhole that the side has blown out of, and the flow is now going into the ground," he says.  "We have to get a contractor in to replace the manhole."

Logsdon said that could take a few days or even a week. The Division of Highways is suggesting Route 2 as a detour.

Herman Burkhart Jr. lives in Moundsville and works in Glen Dale. He said the closure will surely add time to his commute.

"It bottlenecks this whole end of town," he says. "That's our way through. Now everybody has to back track through town which is going to tie up town traffic. That extension was a blessing."

Logsdon explains the repair will be extensive.

"The contractor will have to cut the street and replace the man hole," he says. Once he replaces it and it's packed, filled and concreted, the street will reopen."

If you plan to travel Route 2 through Moundsville, remember to give yourself some extra time.