CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Repairs to a closed section of Overbrook Road could start soon, assuming City Council members approve a contract Monday.
But residents who normally use the lower section of the road near Hickory Road may have to wait months before the repairs are finished and the road reopens.
Contractors also plan to install a retaining wall along Lilly Drive in North Charleston, where water seepage threatens to undermine the road, said Tony Fish, assistant city engineer.
"They're two separate projects but they both [happened] at about the same time so we combined them as a single contract," Fish said. "We became aware of them in late autumn, a little before Thanksgiving."
City employees closed the lower end of Overbrook more than two months ago after a section of an old retaining wall that supports the edge of the road collapsed.
"It's near the intersection of Stone Road. It pretty well took out the road for about 200 feet. People were veering up along the hillside to get around it. You could see the tire tracks. We don't think that's safe.
"The major portion [of the slip] is about 40 feet. There are very old existing retaining walls. There was a section of old wall that failed, but we decided to address the entire length of the old wall. There's a guardrail involved. It's lost support."
On Lilly Drive, city workers overseeing some of the road work related to the Kanawha Two-Mile sewer project noticed a problem, Fish said.