Long Trip Shows Roads Worse Here

Editor, News-Register:

My wife and I traveled to the White Sulphur-Lewisburg area on May 30 to June 1. We decided to travel Route 250 to see how the rest of it compared to the 30 or so miles in Marshall County.

We drove from Cameron to Hundred (Wetzel County), through Mannington, Fairmont and other communities in Marion County, Taylor County which has Grafton, Barbour County and Philippi, the site of the first land battle of the Civil War, Elkins, Huttonsville and other communities in Randolph County into Pocahontas County and the small communities of Durbin, Frank and Bartow where U. S. 250 turned east and continues on a few miles into Virginia.

We then headed down State Route 92, which took us to White Sulphur Springs where we visited an elderly friend. Heading West on I-64 we traveled to Alta and turned South on CR 12 to Alderson, then East on CR 63 to Fort Springs and finally on a smaller county road to our friend’s house. During our stay we traveled on more local roads, which allowed us to compare them with those in Marshall County.

On the way home we traveled back by way of Sam Black’s Church, where we got off of I-64 to travel the back roads again. We drove Route 20 through Charmco, Quinnwood, Levsey and Nettie to Route 39, which took us into Summersville and U.S. 19 (Nicholas County). We drove U.S. 19 to connect us with I-79 near Gassaway in Braxton County. We continued on I-79 back to Fairmont where we got back on U.S. 250.

We travelled approximately 450 miles (round trip), of which about 75 miles were interstate driving.

The worst roads traveled on this trip were in Marshall County. When you add the 20 miles from Moundsville to Cameron to the rest of the road to Bartow, where we left U.S. 250, the distance on U.S. 250 would be about 150 miles. The absolute worst road is from State Route 2 (Jefferson Avenue Extension) and the bottom of Moundsville hill to Snowy Lane (approximately three miles) and the last seven miles from Adams Hill to the DOH garage in Cameron.

We traveled on roads which had been paved where the road on either side of the paving was superior to any of the road between Moundsville and the Wetzel County line. My question is and has been why? I have been asking this of the Marshall County supervisor, District 6 officials and the commissioner of Highways and his deputy commissioners for 18 months. Constituents have asked me to invite the governor to come drive our roads to get a firsthand experience of what we drive each and every day. I sent the letter on April 10 and have received no answer!

If you are concerned about the roads in Marshall County – and not just U.S. 250 but all roads in Marshall County, I would encourage you to call or write to the following people: Tom Badgett, Manager/ WVDOH, District 6/One Dot Drive, Moundsville, 26041/Phone (304) 843-4008; Paul Mattox/ Commissioner of Highways/ Building 5, Room A-110/1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East/ Charleston, WV 25305/ Phone (304) 558-0444; and Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor/Office of the Governor/1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East/ Charleston, WV 25305/Phone (304) 558-2000 or toll free (888) 438-2731.

I don’t know if this will help but it will at least let them know you are concerned about the roads you travel.

David Evans, Delegate 4th District