Members of the Division of Highways visited the Preston County Commission meeting Monday morning to give an update on roadwork happening in the county.
Just Monday, ditching began, which will remove water from the roadways.
They are asking for cooperation from the community as they continue efforts of repairing roads in the county, as well as throughout District 4.
Some mailboxes may need to be removed as the construction process continues. Instructions will be given on how to re-install these. Specifications will be posted on the Preston County Commission website.
“That way, people know the correct way to put it up. That way, in the future, preparing for them, keeping our ditches clean, from here on out. And so I really feel that it’s important that we do our part to be good citizens to make sure that when they’re out, if there’s an issue, they’re going to work with citizens of all of these counties,” said Samantha Stone, Preston County Commissioner.
The DOH is also asking residents to acquire permits for the proper installation of driveways, to help keep water from entering roadways.
Commissioners also commented on the firing of Tom Smith, the WV Secretary of Transportation and Commissioner of Highways. His employment was terminated by Governor Jim Justice this past week.
“He gets this. You know, we’ve been working on this for about a year and a half in District 4. Commissioners, and representatives of the legislature, and meeting, and meeting, and meeting, and nothing changed really. Nothing had changed,” said Preston County Commission President Dave Price. “People meet, people go, people sympathize. Now, the governor has watched this and I guess he’s said ‘Well enough is enough, we’ve got to have action,” continued Price.
Governor Justice said the following in a statement:
“I want a new direction to be taken with our Dept. of Transportation, a return to the core mission of maintaining the quality of our secondary roads and bridges,” Gov. Justice said. “I sincerely appreciate the service Tom has given to the State of West Virginia.”