A day after a news conference in Charleston promising to fix problems with the state’s secondary roads, Gov. Jim Justice has sent a “Rapid Response Team” of more than 100 West Virginia Division of Highways employees to Preston County.
Ten crews are working on shoulder stabilization, ditching, pipe clearing, and pipe replacements all across the county, according to the governor’s office.
Four of the crews are from DOH District 4, which Preston County, but 71 workers from other districts across the state have also been brought in, officials said.
Fifty of the extra workers will be staying at Camp Dawson for the duration of the Rapid Response Team’s work. This was done to maximize efficiency, the governor’s office said. The remaining individuals will commute to project headquarters in Albright, WV every day before making their way to their respective work sites.
Officials expect the maintenance and repair work to continue for the next several weeks.
Drivers in Preston County are asked to slow down when driving through work zones.
Preston County has been the epicenter of the statewide secondary roads controversy since last month, when Gov. Justice mentioned concerns about road conditions there during a news conference mainly focused on the teacher work stoppage. Several days later, he dispatched since fired Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith to assess the issues in Preston County.