Monongalia County to get additional pothole patching crews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Reinforcement is on the way for Monongalia County road repairs.

Monongalia County commissioners shared correspondence from the state Division of Highways at Wednesday’s meeting.

According to the letter from Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox, the DOH is supplementing the county’s workforce with 15 employees and two Department of Corrections crews.

They will be assigned to ditching and patching potholes.

“I look forward to 15 additional workers, that’s almost like double the workforce and extra equipment so we can start working on dealing with some of these serious potholes,” said Tom Bloom, County Commission President.

In a memo dated May 12, Mattox wrote that the DOH is renting equipment specific to pothole patching and developing a schedule for the work.

Bloom said the response comes after multiple letters to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

“I can’t say enough for the community, for the business community, the Chamber of Commerce that worked with us to contact the Governor, that we actually are going to see some changes and some additional workforce.”

In April, Monongalia County delegates met with highway officials where they were told $8 million dollars will be spent to pave or repair 34 miles of county roads.

In the letter to commissioners, Mattox wrote, “Please be assured that we are making every effort to perform work on the roadways in Monongalia County as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure the continued safety of the traveling public.”