Residents of a five-block area of Temple Street in Hinton get to do something today they haven’t done since July — drive up to their own homes. An 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony will reopen Temple Street from Seventh to 12th avenues — an area that has been closed while Division of Highways crews built a retaining wall to stop a hillside that had been slipping away since last November.

The construction of the retaining wall, which was a $1.3 million project, came as a result of a $50,000 DOH survey done to determine how to stop the slippage, which Hinton Mayor Cleo Mathews says caused “a lot of worry” and forced evacuations of three homes.

“It (the slippage) could have taken 10 more houses further down the road,” Mathews said. “We’re excited and relieved (the slide stopped).”

During construction, traffic was rerouted down Seventh Avenue to Summers Street and the portion of Summers, which is a one-way street, running between Seventh and 12th avenues was converted into a two-way street. Mathews said residential parking in the closed area was relocated and “people have been parking on the grass” wherever they could.

“It’s inconvenienced a lot of people,” Mathews said of the road closure. “We’re excited that it’s done and done well.”

Mathews said local delegates and state senators have been invited to the ceremony, which will be attended by representatives of Gov. Joe Manchin’s office and the Division of Highways.

— E-mail: mjames@register-herald.com

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