MADISON – A mudslide on Route 85 in Madison has caused traffic delays for 18 hours and West Virginia Department of Highway workers had cleaned up the area and traffic was reopened Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
The slide was cleared on Wednesday but fell again in the early hours of Thursday morning and had to be cleaned up again.
The mudslide, which also caused similar delays in the early summer of 2019 in the same spot when heavy rainfall hit the area, is located just a few hundred feet from the Benjamin Price Bridge.
According to officials, the DOH is currently seeking permission from property owners to correct the problem permanently but is monitoring the situation closely.
Emergency Management Services of Boone County stated that the county is dealing with water on roadways and debris falling onto roadways as saturated hillsides become more of a concern and ask that motorists use caution around the county.
There were no accidents or injuries reported as a result of the mudslide.
Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.