By Wendy Holdren
A familiar scene was found Wednesday afternoon on Robert C. Byrd Drive near the Ewart Avenue intersection, as heavy rains once again flooded the area and created troublesome driving conditions.
A stormwater management facility was set to be complete this spring, but after multiple weather-related delays, the project is still about a month away from completion, according to Jeremiah Johnson, operations manager for the Beckley Sanitary Board.
“I understand from our stormwater inspector that the project has about another month before its completion,” Johnson said. “It’s still in the middle of construction.”
Johnson said the biggest variable since construction began has been the weather.
“We’ve been dealing with a lot of heavy rains. The runoff impacts what they’re building.”
The $771,000 project, a collaboration among the Southern Conservation District, West Virginia Conservation Agency and Beckley Sanitary Board, is not expected to entirely prevent flooding, but it is anticipated to help alleviate the problem at the intersection.
Once the structure is complete, it will be owned by the Sanitary Board, which will assume its long-term operation and maintenance.
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