Visitors to New River Gorge National River will see some impacts as a result of a West Virginia Division of Highways construction project on Fayette Station Road (County Route 82), that started Monday and will continue through Sunday, July 28.
New River Gorge officials report the project is necessary for road widening, repairs, and repaving.
A press release stated that during construction time, the portion of Fayette Station Road on the south side of the river will be closed to all traffic, including vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists. The closure will be in effect from just beyond the Bridge Trailhead down to just above the Fayette Station River Access.
“All parking lots and other facilities at Fayette Station will remain open, and accessible from the north side of the river, via a temporary two-way traffic pattern,” the press release said.
The entire portion of the Fayette Station Road on the north side of the river will remain open during the project and a temporary two-way traffic pattern will be established. Traffic control devices will be used near either end of the Tunney Hunsaker Bridge, also known as the Fayette Station Bridge, to allow for safe passage of vehicles over the bridge.
Officials warn visitors to the area should expect delays and be alert for new two-way traffic on the narrow and winding road.
Peak hours of congestion at Fayette Station usually occur between 2 and 6 p.m. each day, officials said, and boaters and other park visitors are encouraged to plan accordingly.
All users are reminded to follow posted speed limits and drive defensively as many visitors are used to the normally one-way nature of the road.
In addition to the road closure, the Kaymoor Trailhead near the bottom of Fayette Station Road will be closed to hikers. The Bridge Trailhead near the top of the road will remain open, with the trail accessible to hikers; however, there will be no outlet to Fayette Station Road.
Hikers on the Fayetteville Trail and other area trails should also be advised there is no outlet to Fayette Station Road during this project, so they should plan accordingly.
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