Gov. Justice personally paves secondary road in Wood County


WOOD COUNTY, WV – Testing out one of the West Virginia Division of Highways' brand-new paving machines, Gov. Jim Justice climbed into one himself while crews were out working on secondary roads in Wood County Thursday.
The Governor took the wheel in a work zone along West Virginia Route 47, near Leachtown.
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“Our crews have been hard at work all year and have done a tremendous job, so I decided I needed to do my part and experience some of that work myself,” Gov. Justice said. “I can tell you, it’s not an easy job, and we should all appreciate the men and women who are making our roads to prosperity a reality in West Virginia.”
“Please, when you see a crew out patching or paving your road, slow down, give them space, give them a wave, and thank them for all they do for our great state,” Gov. Justice said.

Gov. Justice drove the paver on a repair to a small slip, while DOH crew members leveled the pavement laid by the Governor.
The DOH District 3 crew, managed by Scott Kelly, was fixing several rough sections on WV 47, where drainage issues going back years have caused slips.

Roads like WV 47 are the reason why, in March 2019, Gov. Justice directed DOH leaders to make road maintenance its top priority.
Also in 2019, the DOH announced a massive addition of nearly 280 machines and vehicles to their road maintenance equipment fleet, which were distributed to all 10 DOH Districts and in all 55 counties across West Virginia. Part of the fleet upgrades included 8 Roadtec Paving Machines, which are now used statewide as part of the Governor's Secondary Roads Maintenance Initiative.
The program has also freed up millions of additional dollars that the WVDOT’s Division of Highways has been able to put back into the smaller roads across West Virginia through the Governor’s Secondary Roads Maintenance Initiative.

With hundreds of miles-worth of roadwork underway in all 55 counties, you can view the DOH’s progress in your area by visiting the WVDOT’s online interactive map of statewide roadwork.
Highways crews have completed over 60,000 miles-worth of work on West Virginia’s secondary roads, including 6,921.3 miles-worth of work in DOH District 3 alone – which spans Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties.

Last week, Gov. Justice celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the historic passage of the Governor’s Roads To Prosperity bond program.

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