RICHWOOD — Monongahela National Forest has opened a repaired segment of the Williams River Road (Forest Road 86) on the Gauley Ranger District in Webster County. Motorists may now travel between Cowen and the Highland Scenic Highway (Forest Road 150).
The June 2016 flood had damaged several culverts that carry White Oak Run under the Williams River Road just downstream of the Three Forks Bridge, making this segment of road unsafe for public travel. In order to reopen the road, the forest purchased a temporary bridge and installed it over top of these culverts.
The White Oak temporary bridge is one of several projects needed to repair Williams River Road from damage caused by the 2016 flood. Additional projects, such as bridge and culvert replacements, bank stabilization and road shoulder repair, will likely cause additional road closures. A timeline for these projects and possible road closures has not been established.
Project updates will be posted at https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mnf/home, or call the Gauley Ranger District at 304-846-2695.