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Logan County residents unhappy with "dangerous" detour

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"I would not send anyone I love over that mountain," said Logan County resident, Kellie Curry.  It's a long drive through for motorists trying to get from Logan to Man through Kelly Mountain.

The Division of Highways shut down Route 10 after a series of rock slides, one of which injured a father and his two children July 11th.  

Many residents have called 13 News, voicing concerns about both roadways, both the instability of the hillsides on Route 10 and the condition of the road itself through Kelly Mountain. 

The road gets narrow, has a few steep drop offs with no barriers and stays busy with tractor trailers and coal tricks.

Curry said, "The road is really hard on your breaks and your rotors.  It's really hard on your mind."

Others said the detour has affected more than just driver safety.  They said it's affecting the local economy as well.

"Because people who lived just a mile from the stores to get gas and groceries and stuff, now they have to drive close to a dozen miles to get gas," said David Dillon.  "Plus, they have to get more gas to make sure they can make it back to the gas station again."

So, Dillon said many of the businesses have seen a steep decline in business.  

Curry said that's not the only steep drop, and that's why she refuses to take her family over the suggested detour.  "You're praying the whole way," she said.  

All the result of this necessary inconvenience the DOH says will benefit drivers in the long run. 

A news release from the Division of Highways says Route 10 should re-open sometime in October.

However, many residents are skeptical.  Both Currie and Dillon said the road repairs there typically take much longer.