Feds plan to repair critical road at New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration will team up to perform work on a critical road within the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

Park Service Spokesperson Eve West said that work will be done over the next three years on Cunard Road in the Gorge, starting with a survey in the next couple of weeks.

“It’s not like the road is unsafe, but looking down the road if we don’t address some of these issues it will become unsafe to drive,” West explained.

The survey will examine the road and determine the problems and the extent of necessary repairs. The work on the survey should wrap up by early November. West said the repairs will take a little longer and they can’t be sure how long those will take until the survey work is done.

The third year of the project will be a complete replacement of the road surface.

Cunard Road is an important access point for several of the more popular trails in the New River Gorge. The trails will remain open, but access may be limited during the construction work. West said they will try to minimize the impact by doing the road work during the winter months.

“We recognize the importance of this road to all sorts of recreation. We’ll try to do the closures in the winter time when it will be least impactful to everyone,” she said.

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