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State DOT aiming to get potholes fixed before summer months

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Secretary of Transportation for the WVDOT, Jimmy Wriston, gave updates Friday on pothole patching and work zone safety.

“Over the last few years, we’ve set this target, we’re going to get all of these potholes by Memorial Day, that’s our goal, that’s our goal every year,” Wriston said.

Getting it done before it gets too hot is more reason too to set that date as a goal for Wriston.

“It is so much easier on my folks to patch those potholes in the spring than it is in that 90 to 95-degree weather in July and August. The sooner we can get on it, the sooner we can get it done, the sooner we can save a few busted tires and get rid of a lot of complaints,” he said.

Wriston added that the WVDOH has a safety plan for work zones.

“I know a lot of folks have been concerned about our work zone safety, and we have established a working committee, and we are going to be producing a work zone safety action plan,” he said. “We are going to commit to work zone safety, and we are going to commit to zero fatalities in these work zones; we are going to do anything and everything.”

A key element in all of this too, according to Wriston, is law enforcement.

“The kit’s a big priority,” he said. “82% of the accidents in these areas occur when there is no law enforcement there.”

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