This past week, Governor Jim Justice held a conference where he gave a directive to immediately improve the conditions of secondary roads in Preston County.
A rapid response team of more than 100 employees from the West Virginia Division of Highways has started work this week in Preston County. Preston County Commissioner Samantha Stone said she is glad to see progress on the roads.
A total of ten crews are working on the early stages of road improvement projects in Preston County.
“We’re excited that something is happening, and we’re seeing some progress, but I think the most important thing to focus on is we need a plan for longevity. We need to have the action. You know, once they get those ditches cleaned out in Preston County, and some of the roads repaired, and whatnot, we have to know how we’re going to continue to maintain that,” said Stone.
Stone said District 4 is in dire need of the maintenance. The projects will include shoulder stabilization, ditching, pipe clearance and pipe replacements.
“You know, I see the crews out. I’m in constant contact with the DOH, Darby Clayton and I feel very optimistic that Preston County is going to set the standard for the rest of the state to follow. I feel that these issues are across the state,” said Stone.
Stone said the repairs will be a process, but it will be worth it in the end.
“This is huge, the issues just didn’t get this way overnight. It’s a twenty-year issue in Preston County, I know, alone. So, it’s going to take a lot. It’s going to take time and effort on a lot of people’s parts to make this, to correct the issue,” said Stone.
Stone also said this is the first step in the economic development of the county.
“We’ve got to start from the ground up, and we have to build new roads and repair roads first to attract people to Preston County, then that’s a start in the right direction,” said Stone.