WVDOH looking for first chance to tackle potholes left behind by winter weather

Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, W.Va.
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Mar. 2—PRINCETON — West Virginia Division of Highways crews in the southern counties and across the state are taking advantage of the earliest sign of spring weather and getting a jump on repairing the roadway damage winter left behind.

Asphalt plants have started opening in West Virginia and transportation workers were ready. WVDOH officials said Monday.

District 10 Engineer Joe Pack, responsible for McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties, said his crews are actively patching potholes in Beckley.

"The minute were able to get asphalt we start patching," Pack said. "We're actually traveling to St. Albans to pick the asphalt up."

Right now, District 10 is only able to patch potholes in Raleigh County, which is about an hour from the St. Albans asphalt plant. To travel farther would allow the asphalt to cool too much to use; but his crews, as frustrated by potholes as anyone, are taking advantage of every opportunity to patch any pothole they can get to, even before asphalt plants are open in their district, WVDOH officials said.

Pack said road crews are concentrating pothole patching on U.S. 19, Eisenhower Drive, and Robert C. Byrd Drive in Beckley, which are the most heavily traveled roads in the area.

"We are rushing to patch the potholes because they are a driving hazard for everyone," Pack said. "Our goal is to address them as quickly as humanly possible."

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com