Thursday, February 27, 2014

Officials Break Ground on Elk Creek Project

Elk Creek in Buchanan County is isolated from the rest of Virginia.

The road only connects to Kentucky, and people there must pass through a flood-prone tunnel that occasionally leaves them completely cut off.

Pike and Buchanan County officials broke ground Monday on a project they say will remedy a problem that has existed since Kentucky became a state in 1792.

The problem prompted the Virginia legislature to act, and soon people will have a safe railroad crossing.

Norfolk Southern recently gave the official green light on the project, which has community members pleased.

Once the project is complete, officials say the people of Elk Creek will be more connected, without giving up the land they have called home for generations.

Officials say the project should be complete in two or three months.