“The roads unfortunately are crumbling,” says Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard. “They’re falling apart. Interstate 70 is falling down.”
He’s talking with WKKX Radio Talk Show Host Steve Novotney, as they stand beneath the I-70 overpass in Elm Grove.
Novotney’s mission is to shed light on the condition of the roads. He created a “Pothole of the Week” segment and regularly sends an open letter to the governor.
He tells people how to apply for compensation from the state if they ruin a tire or rim due to the huge potholes in the roads.
Novotney and the sheriff gaze up at the underside of the overpass, where wooden planks can be seen.
“They’ve got to put up plywood or some kind of boards underneath it to patch it with concrete,” says Howard. “And they have to leave the plywood in place to try to hold it up because actually the rebar’s showing.”
Novotney engages lots of people in the conversation, including Pizza Hut employees who come out to see what they’re doing.
Nathan Aulridge, Pizza Hut’s co-manager, looks up and says, “You can see stuff fall through it all the time.”
Perhaps that’s why there are orange WVDOH barrels cordoning off the area beneath the overpass, next to the Pizza Hut parking lot.
“There’s definitely a lot wrong up there that we’re hoping they can fix soon,” Aulridge notes.
Novotney hopes that lots of people turn out for the WVDOH public hearing tomorrow from 4-7 p.m. at West Virginia Independence Hall.
“My hope is that we the people will actually learn the details of their plans,” says Novotney.