Rt. 10 opened to traffic Wed.

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

October 9, 2013

LYBURN — After traveling detours to get to the Man area for the past 79 days, motorists were happy to hear the news that Rt. 10 at Lyburn had been opened to traffic on Wednesday afternoon.

A warning to motorists was issued that the traffic pattern along the Rum Creek side of the mountain has changed and a speed limit has been posted.

“We just wanted to let everyone know that there is a new traffic pattern and it is a 35 mile per hour speed limit,” Steve Arthur, superintendent for Bizzack Construction said. “The pattern change is an ‘S’ curve and will be part of the permanent configuration.”

Arthur said a lot of ground had been moved during the shutdown of the area.

“We moved 400,000 cubic yards in 79 days,” Arthur said. “We wanted to get it done before wintertime so people wouldn’t have to go across Kelly Mountain in the winter.”

Delegate Rupie Phillips stopped by shortly after the opening to thank the crew for their work.

“I’m so glad that the weather was helpful with getting it done earlier than thought,” Phillips said.