Meeting held on Tunnelton underpass

TUNNELTON — A meeting this week on the Tunnelton underpass left residents with no promises of immediate relief.
The underpass takes vehicles under CSX tracks, through a short tunnel from W.Va. 26  to the other side of town. During heavy rains, the underpass floods, which delays the response time for emergency vehicles and sends local residents out of their way.
It also causes flooding on W.Va. 26.  Larger vehicles, including fire trucks and ambulances, have to go around, delaying them  as much as 15 minutes.
“Going down Bonafield twists the frame on the fire trucks,” Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department (TVFD) volunteer Angie Weaver said.
Representatives of the State Division of Highways (DOH), CSX, the Preston County Commission and Congressman David McKinley’s office met with Tunnelton Mayor Brian Harris and members of the community Wednesday.
Harris said he was hopeful some progress would made by getting representatives from CSX and the DOH together.

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