The Times West Virginian

Local News

October 26, 2013

Mine grouting work to begin Nov. 4

Filling voids left by abandoned mines in Jackson Addition

FAIRMONT — Mine grouting work is set to begin Nov. 4 at the Jackson Addition area in Fairmont, and will likely take a year to complete, Fairmont City Manager Jay Rogers said.

Grouting is the process of filling voids left by abandoned mines with substances like cement or fly ash. The grouting project is being done by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through a contract with Howard Concrete and Pumping.

City Planner Kathy Wyrosdick said that while the city of Fairmont is not actively involved in the project, the DEP has consulted with the city to try to make the project as unobtrusive as possible to the everyday lives of area residents.

“We are trying to work closely with the DEP to make it as easy a process on everyone as possible,” Wyrosdick said.

“There was quite a bit of mining done at the Jackson Addition,” she said. “The grouting project will mainly impact the homes east on Maple Avenue from Windmill Park back toward the river.”

Abandoned mine voids can be found under homes, and without grouting, some homes face structural damage.

“You can have subsidence, where properties settle on the mines, and if the voids don’t hold, there’s the potential for structural damage,” Wyrosdick said.

The DEP will be grouting mine voids beneath approximately 100 structures in the Jackson Addition area. The $6 million DEP project is estimated to take one year to complete. Because of the scale of the project, there will be a “mini-plant” set up at the back of Windmill Park.

The location was chosen, Wyrosdick said, because it will allow the work vehicles to come and go from the site with minimal impact on resident traffic.

“Old plans had put the plant over on Maple Avenue, which would have meant 25 trucks a day,” Wyrosdick said. This location will avoid that issue, instead taking trucks on less-trafficked roads.

There will be a 40-foot small movable silo at the back of Windmill Park, in use for the duration of the project. The project wil begin by setting up the temporary plant.

Area residents should be sure their septic system is hooked up to the city system, and that storm drains and sewage lines aren’t illegally dumping into the mine voids, Rogers said.

“You are obligated to be hooked into the sanitary system,” Rogers said. “This is a good time to make sure.”

“We don’t know if it’s happening or where. Howard Concrete has told us chances are it will happen with someone,” Wyrosdick said. “The chance is that a new homeowner may not even know they are dumping into the void.”

“Concrete isn’t going to stop until it’s filled the void, which could mean your pipes or basement,” Wyrosdick said.

If residents are unsure whether they are hooked up to the city sewage system, Wyrosdick suggests they hire a plumber to check their lateral line.

“The typical way of testing is visually with a camera or dye test,” she said.

For most residents, this shouldn’t be a concern, and if they are legally hooked up, they shouldn’t have an issue, Wyrosdick said.

This project will ultimately be good for the area, Wyrosdick said.

“This is a very worthwhile and needed project,” she said. “To stabilize the area so that homeowners have a level of comfort, and so banks and financial institutions have a level of comfort that the houses are stable, I think that’s important.”

Email Colleen S. Good at or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

Text Only
Local News
  • Gayle Manchin: Issue of Common Core Standards has been politicized

    The state didn’t do a very good job of “telling the story” of Common Core Standards, state school board president Gayle Manchin said Monday morning, which opened the door for an onslaught of public and administrative criticism of something few understand.

    July 28, 2014

  • Purple Heart Memorial fundraising continues

     Despite three years of fundraising, a memorial remains unfinished.
    The Purple Heart Memorial was planned three years ago. It is part of the Vietnam Memorial at the Wave Tec Park and was planned to honor all of those who were wounded or killed in action in any war.
    Danny Greene has been working to complete the memorial since the project began. He is a member of the local Purple Heart Chapter.

    July 28, 2014

  • End of Fairview water project on tap

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.
    Fairview Mayor Arley Simmons said workers have recently been busy pulling samples and flushing the lines in order to get new customers hooked up for water service.
    “It should have been done a year ago,” he said of the project.
    However, the end of the endeavor is now nearing completion. The hope has been to have everybody on line before this month is over, Simmons said.

    July 28, 2014

  • Barbara Yanero.jpg Like a Springsteen song

     Barbara Yanero grew up in Monongah, on Shaver Street. The street has a long history. For quite some time, Polish and Italian immigrants lived on that street.
    Yanero’s family started living there with her great-grandparents, who moved there around 1927. Later, her great-grandfather made a house for her grandmother and grandfather out of a barn that was already on the property.
    “He was an amazing human being,” Yanero said. “And my mom and dad ended up living there as well, and now me.”
    In Monongah, the neighbors formed a tight-knit group.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local water project nearing completion

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • Fundraising continues for local military memorial

    Despite three years of fundraising, Marion County's Purple Heart Memorial remains unfinished.

    July 27, 2014

  • Therapy Riding 1 SS - CB.jpg Horses at On Eagles’ Wings help change lives for better: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

    Out at the end of a long gravel drive off Opekiska Ridge Road, nestled under the shade of the forest and the sun of the West Virginia hills, rests the green and gold pastures of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.
    There are horses there — whinnying out of their stall windows, munching in the paddock and, most importantly, helping people with disabilities gain strength and independence in the riding ring.

    July 27, 2014 9 Photos

  • Capito maintains edge in fundraising

    Republican candidate Shelley Moore Capito still leads Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant in fundraising efforts for election to the U.S. Senate seat.
    Current U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s announced his intention to retire from the Senate in January 2013.
    Capito announced her intention to run for the seat in November 2012, giving her an early start in raising campaign funds. Tennant, currently West Virginia secretary of state, announced her campaign 10 months later, in September 2013.

    July 27, 2014

  • Completion of Korean War Memorial being pushed

    The Korean War Memorial will begin the process of reorganizing and begin to move towards completion faster.
    Marion County Development Office director Charlie Reese was asked by the Marion County Commission to provide a recommendation on how to complete the memorial. Last Wednesday, Reese presented his recommendation during the commission meeting.

    July 27, 2014

  • CRAFTS -TS.jpg Donors thanked at Christmas in July: PHOTOS

    Guests got into the Christmas spirit Saturday at the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    The Rotary Club of South Fairmont and the Marion County CVB held a Christmas in July open house at the CVB location on the Gateway Connector to thank donors who have supported the upcoming Celebration of Lights and to sell more displays.

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads