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Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, is requesting the West Virginia Department of Transportation conduct an engineering survey to address the hazardous conditions on Chestnut Hill Road in Jefferson County.

Unger said in a news release April 17 the area studied by the Geotechnical Section nearly five years ago monitored one large granite face that is slowly splitting off and shifting.

"It is impossible to estimate by sight alone the mass of the granite face," Unger said. "If this is dislodged, Chestnut Hill Road and Rt. 340 all the way to the Shenandoah River would be destroyed with potential loss of human life and property."

Unger is also asking WVDOT to conduct an engineering survey and study, to immediately consider other possible solutions such as terracing, cutting setbacks and using gabion baskets or other strong fencing to hold the boulders.

"A permanent closure of Chestnut Hill Road is not a solution without providing other means of ingress and egress from the mountain," he said. "In the event of an emergency, the lack of access would put thousands of residents living north of the intersection of Hostler Road and Chestnut Hill Road at risk of being land locked."

Unger had a letter hand delivered to WVDOT Secretary Paul Mattox April 16 asking for immediate help in resolving the issues of Chestnut Hill Road.

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