WVU BOG approves money for Mon Boulevard hillside repairs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved up to $3 million for repairs to the hillside on Monongahela Boulevard in Morgantown.

WVU says there were 8 passengers on the PRT. Some of the damage in this picture came as emergency crews removed the passengers.

In February, a rock slide damaged a PRT car and a passenger vehicle seriously injuring at least three people. The PRT had to be closed in that area for about one week for inspection and repairs.

WVU Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Rob Alsop said the plan to stabilize the hill was developed by the university, a private consultant and the DOH.

“On WVU property on top of the hill where the previous slide was,” Alsop said. “We need to reinforce some of the rock outcroppings on the hill.”

On the lower portion of the hill fencing and netting will be installed to prevent rocks from impacting the roadway or the PRT.

“We think this is necessary to make sure our community feels safe and students feel safe when they’re on the PRT and Mon Boulevard,” Alsop said.

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