KALE, W.Va. — The state Division of Highways is trying to decide whether it can repair or will have to replace a low water crossing in Mercer County. The concrete on the bridge-like structure on Kale Road across the Bluestone River has buckled.
“Over time the stone that is holding everything in place and supporting the concrete roadway has washed away and that concrete has nothing to support it so it’s cracked and buckled,” state DOH spokesperson Carrie Bly said.
Residents living beyond the crossing do have another way in and out of their community.
“It’s a little longer and a little (curvy) we’re just thankful there is another way out. We just hope they (the residents) will be patient,” Bly said.
More than a dozen families are believed impacted by the closure.
Bly said a low water crossing is technically not a bridge but is designed with concrete over stone and piping allowing the river to cover the bridge when the water level is high.