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Boone County, WV road scares parents for school year

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Guardrail slipping over hillside next to Jeffrey Spencer Elementary Guardrail slipping over hillside next to Jeffrey Spencer Elementary

Hewitt Creek Road in Jeffrey, West Virginia has been crumbling away for years. While parts of the road are rough in certain areas, the real problem spot is located next to Jeffrey Spencer Elementary.

Right now, pieces of the road are falling apart in large chunks and the guardrail is slipping over the hillside.

Caution signs and low speed limits have been placed by the Boone County Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways, but parents are still terrified to put their children on school buses.

"There isn't room for two cars to get through, much less a school bus carrying a bunch of kids," said Chad Pridemore. He has a four year old daughter and a ten year old son who will both be attending Jeffrey Spencer Elementary this year.

We measured the road on August 1, and discovered that drivers only have 17 feet. An average school bus is about 10 feet wide. If a school bus and another vehicle were to meet on the one-lane road, only seven feet would be passable.

We talked with the Boone County Division of the WVDOH. Officials there said they have placed all necessary signs in the area. Recently the actual repair process has been pushed up to higher offices. "It has been sent up to the engineers for the design to fix the problem," said Boone County Highway Administrator Keither Baisden. 

The estimated repair date for Hewitt Creek Road has not been decided, but officials with the WVDOH urge drivers to take it slow through the area and pay attention to road signs.