Hazardous conditions on Route 89, Proctor residents outraged


Residents in Proctor, Wetzel County are fed up over the conditions of Route 89.

The road has become a land mine of pot holes, rough patches and erosion. Residents who live there say it’s progressively getting worse and now, they’re demanding results.

When you take a drive along Route 89 in Proctor, Wetzel County, you’ll find a lot of construction cones, roadwork signs and red lights.

The scene of a construction sight but residents say they’re seeing no progress!

Residents have contacted the West Virginia Department of Transportation and gotten nowhere.

Property Owner, Richard Erlewine is so frustrated, he and some friends complied a list of 35 hazard spots along 23 miles of road. 

“”This is the result of heavy well traffic, speeding overloaded trucks and lack of preventative maintenance on behalf of the department of highways. They don’t mow, they don’t clean the ditches and they clean the culverts,” said Erlewine. 

About six and a half miles up the road from Proctor is where the worst problem spot is. This split in the road has been accumulating I’m told for about 6 months now.

Residents have been watching it since the spring. They say it started off small and now it’s accumulated to be about 150 to 200 feet long. They say they really think it’s gonna get worse.

Winter weather is already on the way and residents are worried about accidents along the already windy road.

They say a lot of school buses travel that road and would hate to see something bad happen. Other concerns include ease of access for emergency response vehicles.

Jim Colvin, a volunteer for Wetzel County EMS says his response time is already being affected.

 “Response time for a life or limb situation where they’re either going to loose their life or loose a limb because of the increased response time it’s taking us to get to those scenes,” said Colvin. 
We’ve reached We’ve reached out to the West Virginia Department of Transportation for comment and have not heard back yet. 

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