Problems persist for roads in the Poca area. 13 News has been working for residents who have been struggling to voice their concerns.
Harmon’s Creek Road was impassable and the closing of Lanham Bridge off of Poca River Road leaves residents at a major inconvenience. Now Hezier Creek Road is experiencing problems of its own.
One resident counted 33 slips and dips within the first mile, but the West Virginia Department of Highways has only made plans to fix one.
Robert Carter, a fed-up resident that has lived on the corner of Heizer and Manella Creek Road for over 20 years said, “It’s been [three years] and I got word from the governor that this was supposed to be fixed in the next 60 to 90 days. Now that’s only this spot, that’s not the whole road.”
Other residents feel neglected and believes the DOH has put their problems on the back-burner.
“It’s been this way for quite a while and you can see where all of this is crumbling, you know, you got to get on a list to be fixed and this wasn’t one of their priorities,” said Carter.
He also explains that further down Heizer Creek Road, a bridge needs repairs as well, where the concrete is crumbling away.