All Summer long 12 News has been hitting the streets and country roads of north central West Virginia to find the biggest road issues.
Thanks to our viewers, hundreds of road suggestions have come into the newsroom and division of highway officials said they are working overtime to fix area roads.
“I can’t stress enough I want our school kids to be safe. I want these roads to be brought up to a safe condition for these bus routes and for these children,” said Earl Gaskins, District 4’s Maintenance Assistant.
With the start of school less than a month away, WVDOH is working overtime to get secondary roads fixed.
Gaskins said, “Most of the complaints are coming from the secondary routes and rightfully so. If you drive up some of these roads they are in bad shape.”
The DOH is now combining county resources in an effort to answer resident complaints faster.
“Right now I have got Doddridge and Harrison County working together, Marion and Mon working together, and Taylor and Preston. What we have done is combine our forces so we can hit these secondary routes and try to get our roads back up to speed and safe for our children when school starts,” said Gaskins.
Crews are working more than 50 hours a week and focusing on grating and patching.
“What I did was just combine and said lets us their skill set where it’s most appropriate and most feasible so we can get the most productivity out of it. So, I brought operators from Harrison County to operate Doddridge County equipment and I took Doddridge County employees and gave them to Harrison County to help out. That way we are getting more bang for your buck.”
District 4’s Maintenance Assistant Earl Gaskins broke down Doddridge and Harrison Counties into six working zones for each of the area’s six grating machines.
“What you see here is my graters that are out and operational and where they are at. I also have main patching crews that are still focusing on some of our primaries. We were also able to establish an additional patching crew per county to hit our secondary roads. Once we get our primaries then I can disperse these guys throughout.”