Making Secondary Roads Last Longer

Work to repair roads damaged by flash floods in a few counties late in June is proceeding, but the damage could have been much worse, West Virginia Division of Highways Commissioner Jimmy Wriston commented this week.

Wriston is in charge of implementing Gov. Jim Justice’s campaign to repair secondary roads throughout the state. Several weeks ago, he told reporters that some necessary work, such as repaving, had been delayed by the need to clear ditches and drainage pipes and repair highway shoulders. Doing so was necessary to protect the pavement, he explained.

This week, Wriston told MetroNews such work in the flooded areas prevented even worse damage than did occur. Millions of dollars may have been saved, he said.

We do not doubt Wriston is correct. There has been plenty of criticism of the secondary roads program. But Wriston and other officials deserve praise for insisting the drainage and shoulder work be done first, to make repairs last longer.

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