SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Homes in a South Charleston neighborhood are beginning to be torn down marking the start of the Jefferson Road Project.

The first couple homes of a scheduled 11 demos this week were finished on Monday near Jefferson Road.

South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said the first 11 homes torn down had the asbestos removal completed. Once the asbestos is removed on other 30 homes, the completion goal of 41 homes down will be in sight.

The Jefferson Road Project is a $46 million project that is designed to alleviate traffic issues on Jefferson Road between MacCorkle Avenue and Corridor G, U.S. 119.

Mullens is hoping for the ground to be moved in the project in 2021.

The houses being torn down have been boarded up for months.

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