DOH: Reports Submitted Properly
Tyler County DOH Administrator Jeff McKinney is uncertain as to why his handwritten notes, concerning necessary secondary road repairs in Tyler County, were published to the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s website March 26, instead of the more formal report he submitted as part of Governor Jim Justice’s Secondary Roads Maintenance Initiative.
When the WVDOT on March 26 released lists of secondary roads in need of repair across the state, Wetzel and Tyler counties were missing. The lists were to represent secondary roadways across the state that DOH district managers and county supervisors identified as being in the greatest need of maintenance work, per Governor Justice’s request.
On Tuesday, March 26, Wetzel and Tyler counties’ lists were found under DOH District 3 and only included handwritten notes.
On Wednesday, however, lists ranking maintenance priorities for roads in the two counties were available on the department’s website. The lists, compiled by Division of Highways officials across West Virginia, are available online at transportation.wv.gov.
The Wetzel-Tyler Newspapers reached out to McKinney and Randy Rush, the DOH Administrator for Wetzel County, respectively, after receiving word that indicated the two administrators did, in fact, follow the protocol.
McKinney responded to the papers’ request for comment and noted Rush and himself sent the handwritten notes to Charleston, along with the spreadsheets that each of the other districts and subsequent counties submitted, as both were required.
“I don’t know what happened,” McKinney stated, explaining he didn’t want to place the blame on anyone. “We did take handwritten notes. We sent the handwritten notes along with the spreadsheets that everybody else sent in. We sent them in on time. The governor gave us 72 hours. For whatever reason, I don’t know, our notes got published.”
Rush did not respond to the papers’ inquiry; however, McKinney had noted that his Wetzel County colleague had followed protocol as well.
In Tyler County, the No. 1 priority is W.Va. 74, which needs slip repairs in one section and ditching, paving and culvert replacements in another section. Following that road on the list are sections of W.Va. 180, W.Va. 2, Big Run Road and W.Va. 18.
Those roads are followed by Gorrells Run, Allen Run, Adonis/Sellers, Sellers Road, Gamble Run, Arvilla, Ross Run, Walnut Fork, Buck Run, Elk Fork, Jacksonburg Hill, Indian Creek, Wetzel/Tyler Ridge, WV 23, Sellers Road, Pitts Lane.
Tyler’s list includes 54 items.
For Wetzel County, the list states the road in most need of repair is U.S. 250, which requires slip repairs and paving in certain sections. Following that is W.Va. 20, Furbee Ridge Road, W.Va. 69 and Limestone Ridge Road.
Those roads are followed by Doolin, Long Drain, WV 7, WV 180, Old WV 89, Hog Run Bridge, American Ridge, Low Gap, Whiskey Run, Mannington, Sugar Run, Barker Hill, Gamble Run.
Wetzel’s list includes 51 items.
Tasks for all of the items include slip repair, pavement, and ditchwork.
The full lists are available online at transportation.wv.gov. It is noted on the website that the lists “are for informational purposes only and do not represent a guarantee that roadwork, of any kind, will be completed in the areas mentioned.”
“It is the DOH’s goal to address as many of these maintenance concerns as possible,” a press release from the department reads.