Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 3, 2013

Motorists in Princeton urged to avoid trestle area

GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Motorists are being urged to avoid the area where Brick Street and Rogers Street meet until a section of the roadway closed Monday after a train trestle was damaged can be reopened.

Traffic was rerouted to Brick Street and Wickham Avenue after an excavator being hauled on a flatbed trailer hit the underside of a railroad trestle at Roger Street near Custom Manufacturing Service. The impact moved the trestle approximately four feet, and pieces of its structure were hanging until railroad workers cleared them away.

Road crews with the state Department of Highways set up the detours soon after the crash closed the section of Rogers Street under the trestle, but heavy first of the month traffic has caused delays.

Acting Chief J.W. Howell of the Princeton Police Department said traffic delays were still bad Tuesday. Drivers should pick alternate routes until the road reopens.

The detours served another purpose Tuesday while state road crews worked on a bridge near the trestle. Work had been scheduled to do maintenance and fill a hole that was unrelated to Monday’s accident, said District Manager Tom Camden.

“That’s going really well,” Camden said at the bridge Tuesday afternoon. “The concrete truck is here right how and they’re in the process of pouring the patch. The bridge will probably be finished before the end of the day, but obviously the road will remain closed due to the accident on the railroad bridge.”

Norfolk Southern engineers were not available Tuesday. Camden said railroad workers had told him they hoped to have the road reopened before the Fourth of July.

Traffic was flowing through the detours Tuesday afternoon, but Camden also encouraged people to find an alternative route.