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Underground mining causes road damage in Belmont County

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 06:29 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- Residents in Belmont County are voicing their concerns after noticing dipping and cracking on a local road.
Airport Road has suffered a huge dip and cracking. It’s because of underground mining.
Normally when a long wall miner goes through an area, it'll take 2-3 maybe 4 days before the surface starts to drop," said John Parkinson from the Belmont County Engineers Office.
That's exactly what happened along Airport Road.
Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas said long wall mines can go for miles. Though the mine itself is miles away to the south of Airport Road.
Parkinson said it can drop to 3 feet, and it can all happen at once, or it can happen gradually.
"So it's not unheard of to see road damage when they go underneath a stretch of county, township, or even a state road," he said.
Parkinson says the coal company called the County Garage and its Road Foreman was there Saturday and Sunday when he noticed the road starting to ripple somewhat.
He found out early this morning the damage was showing up, so he made a move to contact the coal company and that's when they got ahold of a contractor to come out and make repairs.
Parkinson said several months ago, they had gone through a similar situation on Cove Road, which is to the west of Airport Road. They had some damage there, but it was not as severe as the damage to Airport Road.
Murray Energy they said they are in the process of monitoring the conditions and repairing any damage.

Underground mining causes road damage in Belmont County

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