MAN, W.Va. — The new Route 10 road between Man and Logan is fast nearing completion and people may be driving it as early as this summer.
Man Mayor Jim Blevins informed members of the Town Council that there is only about one mile of paving left to be done and some guard rails to be installed before it will be ready.
“The last time I spoke to an inspector about this project I was told it might be open as soon as June 15,” Mayor Blevins said on March 13. Blevins said when the road is open to traffic it will be a red-letter day indeed for residents of Man and people in the Logan area who have had to face long delays and lethal accidents on Old Route 10, which was considered to be one of the most dangerous in the nation.
Well over a decade ago two Man area ministers began drawing attention to the dangers of the stretch of road after having to preach funerals for young people who died on Route 10 in automobile accidents. Rev. Mike Pollard and Rev. Bernard Cook became heavily involved in meeting with local, state and federal officials attending meetings in Charleston and coordinating continued efforts towards getting both public attention and federal funding for the replacement.
“This summer we will be able to say we lived to see it,” Pollard said when contacted about the anouncement.
“I have heard two different estimates,” Pollard explained. “One person I spoke with said it might be early in the summer around the middle of June and another told me that it would be around the middle of the summer perhaps around the fourth of July.
“But the important thing is that at long last it is near completion and people who worked so hard for this will get to ride down it — along with many politicians when it is finally opened,” he quipped. ”I contacted Bernard Cook about it as soon as I heard. He will be anxious to see it too. He was in the area recently. (Cook had moved away after years of working to see the road replaced). From what I understand one of the things they are having to wait upon is the reopening of the asphalt plants.
In other Town of Man news; Council approved a proclamation declaring April Fair Housing Month in the town of Man.
One resident said she wanted to compliment the Man Police Department for improved services. She mentioned an incident where she was working very late at a local church and had been questioned by an officer.
“I give him credit for doing his job,” she said.
Mayor Jim Blevins noted the town was getting ready to send another police officer to the state’s police academy for required training and certification.
Jeff Valet discussed the town’s annual budget which will need to be certified soon. He went over four financial statements and noted that considering how close to last year’s budget the town had been the upcoming year’s budget did not require much in the way of adjustments, thanks to some surpluss funds.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer for Civitas Media and a retired reporter for The Logan Banner. He can be reached by calling 304-752-6950.