COONSKIN - A NEW WAY IN

The purpose of this project is to implement and mitigate a Department of Defense (DoD) mandated physical security measure that will restrict personnel and vehicular traffic through the National Guard (NG) complex along Coonskin Drive (Kanawha CR 51/2). This project addresses military security issues identified in the 2002 Joint Services Integrated Vulnerability Assessment (JSIVA), 2006 Air Force Vulnerability Assessment Team Report (AFVATR), and the 2009 Air Force Vulnerability Assessment Team Report. A secondary purpose of this project is to provide an emergency entrance and exit from the NG Complex, Kanawha County’s Coonskin Park, and Yeager Airport in case of flash flooding.
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Alternative 1 - Land Route - This alternate relocates a portion of Kanawha CR 51/2 to the east and around the Guard facilities. The new road starts at mile post 0.40 and proceeds north reconnecting with CR 51/2 at milepost 1.13. Approximately 4,000 feet of new roadway is required.

Alternative 2 - Land Route - New entrance to Coonskin Park from WV 114, by acquiring a private access road and constructing a new roadway into the park. Approximately 6,000 feet of new roadway is required.

Alternative 3 - Land Route - Similar to alternative 2 except the route utilizes the fire road within Coonskin Park. Approximately 12,000 feet of new roadway is required.

Alternative 4 - No longer feasible because it utilizes the existing Railroad bed and it is planned to reopened.

Alternative 5 - This alternative requires the construction of a 400 feet long bridge over the Elk River heading into the Park from Elk Hills. Approximately 1,200 feet of new roadway will be constructed along with at least a 100 foot right turn lane along US 119.

Alternative 5A - Preferred Alternative - Is at the same location at Alternative #5, except this alternative has no piers in the water and the bridge is 405 feet long. This alternative will avoid impacts to the Elk River and/or riparian areas.

Alternative 6 - Proposes a bridge adjacent to Coonskin Park’s Clubhouse. The alignment provides a 425 feet bridge and 650 feet of roadway.

Alternative 7 - Proposes a bridge adjacent to the Harding’s Restaurant. The alignment provides a 565 feet long bridge over the Elk River that connects to the Family Center access road and the existing road systems in the Park. Approximately 1,000 feet of new road is needed.

Alternative 8 - Proposes a bridge that intersects US 119 at the intersection of US 119 and Roselane Drive. This alignment provides a750 feet long overpass bridge that spans the interstate and Elk River. Approximately 1,350 feet of new road will be constructed and reconnected to the Family Center access road inside the park.

Alternative 9 - This alignment intersects US 119 approximately .7 miles south of Exit #1 of I-79. The new alignment utilizes Conner Drive (CR 119/33) and end near the boat ramp access road. The alignment requires construction of a 500 feet long bridge and approximately 3,800 feet of new road.

Alternative 9A - Proposes a bridge adjacent to Conner Drive (CR 119/33). This alignment provides a 650 foot long bridge and 5,500 feet of new roadway.

Alternative 10 - Is no longer feasible because it utilizes the existing Railroad bed and it is planned to be reopened.