More than 100 DOH employees tackle job of fixing Preston County secondary roads

    A crew works on a road in Preston County. (West Virginia Department of Transportation)

    Highways officials said more than 100 employees from the West Virginia Division of Highways have started work this week in Preston County on secondary roads after Gov. Jim Justice ordered the initiative.

    A total of 10 crews have been working on the early stages of various road improvement projects, including shoulder stabilization, ditching, pipe clearance and pipe replacements, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.

    In addition to four District 4 crews, an extra 71 individuals from other districts across the state were brought in to supplement the workforce.

    About 50 of the workers will be housed at Camp Dawson. The rest will head to project headquarters in Albright before heading to work assignments.

    Justice announced at a news conference Wednesday the new focus on secondary roads in the state. On Feb. 26, he ordered the DOH to immediately address the road issues in Preston County.

    Justice fired former Transportation Secretary Tom Smith over what officials said was a disagreement in philosophy over road repairs. He has named Byrd White as acting transportation secretary director.

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