After studying the accident-prone section of I-470, the West Virginia Department of Transportation still has more questions than answers.
They say they were not able to get the skid resistance testing machine that would have told them whether the culprit is a slippery road surface, but they were able to look at some other possible causes.
They recently put a thin surface overlay on that section of road and they say there have been a lot of accidents after that.
However, they say there were also a lot of accidents before that as well.
So now they’re also looking at driver behavior.
They say truckers, and all drivers, are apparently not slowing down for weather conditions.
“We’re getting together with the police, the sheriff’s department and the state police to kind of look into enforcement to see if this is a speed issue. We want to enlist their help to see how the drivers are behaving, especially in inclement weather. Because a lot of people don’t realize that you can’t be going above the speed limit when it’s raining or snowing or foggy,” said Carrie Jones, Communications Specialist with the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
Jones says it will be a week or two before they get the skid resistance testing machine.
They’ll also be looking at accident statistics and driver behavior, but she says that surface has been tested before, and it passed the test.
We’ll keep you informed.