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State leaders to discuss pothole problems in Bethany

Updated: Wednesday, July 31 2013, 07:33 PM EDT

By Jennifer Black

BROOKE COUNTY, W. Va--

Public safety concerns and sheer nuisance brought on by sink holes in Bethany will be at the center of a discussion among state leaders Thursday in Brooke County.

Bethany Mayor, Jay Eisenhauer, says Main Street in Bethany is not suited for the kind of traffic that has been rolling through over the last several months.  He believes the aged sanitary sewer line is partly to blame, but also attributes the seven trouble spots to heavy tanker trucks brought in for work by the gas industry.  Thursday morning, local state representatives and other key players will meet to figure out the exact root of the problem.

Mayor Eisenhauer says that an engineering firm out of Wheeling has been keeping an eye on things, but state leaders are looking for a long term fix.

At Thursday’s meeting, a representative from Chesapeake Energy, a representative from the Department of Highways will join the Brooke County commissioners and other state leaders to discuss the best solution.

“Initially, I asked for meetings six months ago, and as the road worsened, it stepped up everyone’s concern,” Mayor Eisenhauer said.

If it gets to the point where the public needs to step and help fund the fix, Mayor Eisenhauer will go through the necessary steps, but he hopes to resolve it without putting any financial strain on the town.

State leaders to discuss pothole problems in Bethany


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