Rockslide Repair Project on 340 issues update

West Virginia state seal. Used by written permission by Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff of West Virginia Chuck Flannery

The Rockslide Repair Project along U.S. 340 near Harpers Ferry provided an update over the weekend.

The repairs are estimated at 65% completion and currently on schedule to be finished by December 10th, 2023.

Contracting crews have removed loose rocks and boulders from the mountainside above the roadway since September.

The one mile section of 340 has remained closed for motorist’s safety during the duration of the work by the West Virginia Department of Transportation as boulders the size of cars have fallen during the work, sometimes unexpectedly.

Since September, more than 1,500 cubic yards of rock totaling 2,300 tons have been removed.

Until the work is completed, motorists will need to plan to continue to use the 22 mile, 35 minute long detour.

A link to the project’s website which includes picture updates of the repairs is available here.

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National Parks celebrate Public Lands Day

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

National Parks across the country are celebrating Public Lands Day with free admission today.

There are plenty of options within driving distance including the Shenandoah National Park, Harpers Ferry, and Fort McHenry National Monument among others.

Not only are the parks open for public use, there will also be volunteer opportunities at most parks such as clean ups, pollinator garden planting, and more.

National Public Lands Day is the country’s largest single-day volunteer event.

To learn more or find volunteer opportunities, click here.

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Jefferson County Animal Control make 2 seizures

An email from Jefferson County West Virginia Animal Control Officers announced that several dogs and cats have been taken into protective custody.

There were two large seizures of animals made in both Harpers Ferry and Charles Town West Virginia.

The animals were reported to be in substandard living conditions.

The owners of the animals were given instructions to improve the animals living conditions and did not comply.

In all 15 cats and 47 dogs have now been moved to the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society.

The cases remain under review with possible criminal charges pending in the investigation.

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