As you prepare to send your children back to school, purchasing notebooks and pencils may come to mind but for the state’s department of transportation, heading back to school has a completely separate meaning.
“The last thing you want to worry about is the road safe for the travel,” said Earl Gaskins with the West Virginia Division of Highways for Doddridge and
Gaskins tells 12 News as student’s prepare to hit the classroom, their DOH teams are hitting the streets to make sure they are ready for school buses.
“We try to visit each of these roads to make sure any safety concerns are dealt with,” said Gaskins.
Crews are currently working around the clock on all gravel based bus routes in both counties along with well traveled roadways like Route 23 in
“We are going to go out and you will see us resealing, patching and paving. Anything that keeps it road safe for the buses,” said Gaskins.
According to Gaskins, 25-30% of the department’s annual budget is spent on the temporary patching of roads.
“As school approaches, we are going to get deeper into it. The safety of a child is always paramount. It’s something I will always address.” said Gaskins.
Any residents with road concerns are asked to call their local county garage directly.