MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Members of the Monongalia County Commission are traveling to Charleston pm Friday to meet with West Virginia Department of Highways officials.

Commissioners requested the meeting in light of multiple inquiries about current road conditions and efforts to make repairs. For about three months, the commission was referred to the new interactive work status map before the invitation was sent.

Commissioner Ed Hawkins said an open line of communication is vital to keep constituents accurately informed.

“What we need to be able to tell the public is what’s going on,” Hawkins said. “We’re the people that are called, when we’re called we’d like to give a proper answer.”

Darby Clayton, the supervisor for the Division of Highway’s District 4, came to a scheduled public meeting of the commission prior to the invitation to explain work progress and limitations of weather and resources. Clayton also offered explanations to commissioners about how work progress is displayed on the interactive map.

“I will give them credit, we have seen a flurry of activity in the past month to two months.,” Hawkins said.

The Division of Highways responded to the request in late October and invited all three commissioners to a meeting with secretary Byrd White.

Hawkins said they want to leave the meeting with a clear understanding of what to expect in the future as well as create a line of communication.