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3rd Avenue Bridge closed for floodwall training exercise

August 3, 2018

Workers with the Huntington Stormwater Utility, with the help of West Virginia Division of Highways, begin the process of erecting the floodwall gates at the 3rd Avenue entrance to Guyandotte as part of a training exercise on Wednesday in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON — The 3rd Avenue Bridge into Guyandotte closed Wednesday so members of the Huntington Stormwater Utility could engage in a floodwall training exercise required every three years by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA.

The closure will last several days and could extend into the weekend as the need for repairs on the floodwall gates is assessed.

While the exercise and repairs are taking place, drivers will not be able to enter or exit Huntington or Guyandotte at the location, meaning there will be no direct access from Guyandotte into Huntington during that time.

Drivers on W.Va. 2 desiring to travel to Huntington may use W.Va. 193 to Interstate 64 westbound and then enter the city by one of the I-64 Huntington exits.

Residents who live in and around Guyandotte seeking to travel to Huntington should take Riverside Drive through Altizer and turn right on Washington Boulevard followed by a right on U.S. 60.

Motorists traveling north down 31st Street will be able to turn left onto 3rd Avenue.

Truck drivers are especially advised to avoid this area. All drivers are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes during this time.

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