LOGAN, W.Va. – Residents along Madison Creek have a decision to make. The state Division of Highways has offered to buy out those who have become too frustrated with the ongoing construction of a new Route 10.
“There are concerns there as we continue that Route 10 project,” said Department of Transportation Spokesman Brent Walker. “We thought it was fair if those folks were worried about that, we’d go ahead and buy their property.”
Walker stressed however the proposal is only an option and certainly not mandatory for those who live in the isolated location. About 40 families live on Madison Creek and have endured numerous problems associated with the construction. A landslide buried the only road in and out of their community last year. It left some stranded for several days and others had to leave the area via boat.
The Department of Highways built a causeway across the Guyandotte River, which they believe will stand the test of time to make sure there is always access to the community.
“We think the causeway is going to be there for the duration of the project,” Walker said. “But even if it doesn’t, we’ll build another one.”
Walker was unsure how many might be interested in the buyout. During a meeting with residents last week, transportation officials explained the process, but encouraged the residents to stick it out a while longer. Walker said most don’t want to leave.
“Most are from there and they don’t want to leave,” he said. “One of the messages we tried to convey was if you hang in there for just 20 months you’re going to have direct access to an unbelievable four-lane highway.”
The new highway will include an exit ramp at Madison Creek. Once complete it is expected to drive up the value on property in the area.