CEDAR GROVE, W.Va. — Contractors for Appalachian Power and the state Division of Highways are working to open at least one lane of U.S. Route 60 by Friday night.

A concrete barrier was in place Friday morning to create a buffer zone between the potentially unstable hillside and the highway lane crews hope to re-open to traffic.

On Thursday, two large excavators removed debris from the area above the App Power access road down.

A large crane was used to place a small excavator onto the bench above U.S. 60. The smaller excavator cleared a landing area for a larger one that was successfully lifted into place.

Motorists have been using state Route 61 between Chelyan and Montgomery as a detour since April 20.

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