If there’s one thing Marshall County officials are emphasizing, it’s who they believe is NOT at fault for the terrible condition of the roads–the local Division of Highways workers.
“This is not a reflection on our DOH workers here in the county,” said Marshall County Commissioner Mike Ferro. “They’re down to only 12 workers in the Glen Dale office. These guys do the best they can.”
West Virginia Delegate Lisa Zukoff agreed.
“We have to give the DOH credit,” Zukoff said. “They just need more staff. “Because we have so much gas drilling in Marshall County, people can get their CDL license and make twice as much money as they can in the DOH, so they’re leaving.”
Beth Bertram, interim transportation director for Marshall County Schools, said that’s true.
“I really think the state road is doing their best,” Bertram noted. “They’re just very limited in what they have to work with.”
“Our local DOH crews do a wonderful job,” added Tom Hart, Marshall County EMA director. “They do the best they can.”
They said the state needs to allocate more resources to the roads, and they hope this declaration of emergeny will open some eyes in Charleston.