State Project No. S224-7-5.32
Federal Project No. STP-0007(294)D
The West Virginia Division of Highways will hold an informational workshop public meeting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, at the Twin Branch Pentacostal Church on the proposed improvements to Twin Branch Truss No. 2.
The WVDOH is proposing a re-alignment of McDowell County Route (CR) 7 through Twin Branch in northern McDowell County. The WVDOH has determined that Twin Branch Truss No. 2 (24-7-5.32) (east), Twin Branch Truss No. 1 (24-7-5.20) (west), and the Twin Branch Tunnel (24-7-5.27) are all in need of replacement or rehabilitation. Twin Branch Truss No. 2 and Twin Branch Truss No. 1 both cross the Tug Fork. Twin Branch Truss No. 2 is located on a curved section of roadway, has an overall length of 210 feet 2 inches (from back to back of backwalls, along the centerline of the roadways), and was built by Edge Moor Bridge Works of Edgemoor, Delaware in 1890. Twin Branch Truss No. 1 is also located on a curved section of roadway, has an overall length of 209 feet 8 inches (from back to back of backwalls, along the centerline of the roadway), and was built by Edge Moor Bridge Works of Edgemoor, Delaware in 1890. Twin Branch Truss No. 1 and Twin Branch Truss No. 2 are located at opposite ends of the Twin Branch Tunnel. The tunnel, was constructed through a sandstone mountain in approximately 1890, using primitive methods. The interior portion of the tunnel has a rough texture with no liner installed. The minimum horizontal clearance in the tunnel is 17 feet and the minimum vertical clearance is 18 feet 6 inches. The total length of the tunnel is 190 feet and is used by one traffic lane. It is on a curved roadway with limited sight distance and has no lighting.
NO FORMAL PRESENTATION WILL BE MADE. The scheduled public meeting is from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the public will be afforded the opportunity to ask questions and give written comments on the project throughout the meeting. A handout with project details will be available at the meeting.
The comment period for this project ended on December 17th, 2018.
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