DOH officials urge drivers practice caution traveling through construction zones

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Division of Highway officials urge drivers to be cautious especially in construction zones.

One of the major projects in District 3, which includes Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties, is the pavement preservation asphalt project on Route 50 in Wood County. The construction stretches from the Route 47 interchange to the Marrtown interchange.

"We just ask they abide by the laws, the speed limits, be aware of your surroundings and be a defensive driver versus an offensive driver," Jared Evans, a construction engineer in the district, said.

Due to the construction, the speed limit is lowered and some parts of the highway is reduced to one lane.

Evans says the project is moving right along despite delays. The project was supposed to start in early April but weather pushed the start date back. It's the first major maintenance to that section of Route 50 in over a decade.

"The surface is starting to wear down and it needs a little bit of preservation to extend the pavement life another possibly 7 or 8 years," Evans said.

Evans says this is only the beginning and drivers should expect more construction to come.

"There's going to be a lot of work, we're going to try to get these roads back in shape," he said.

"And we just ask for some patience and it's going to take a little longer to get from Point A to Point B, but in the end, it should be a better road, safer road too."

The project is expected to be completed by June 1.



 
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