What's being done on Preston County roads?

PRESTON COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV)-- It's been nearly two months since crews from the Division of Highways were sent to make repairs on neglected roads in Preston County.

"I truly think we have the pieces of the puzzle coming together," said County Commissioner Samantha Stone.

"It's looking better," said County Commission President, Dave Price.

Crews from the 10 districts have been ditching, improving drainage and installing pipes while also contracting out paving jobs on main roadways.

"In the short amount of time that they've been working they have done an excellent job," said resident, Robine Riffle.

A paving project on Route 26 from Kingwood to Howesville started Thursday along with several other projects in Terra Alta.

"Skip patching on route 24, which is Maple Springs Highway in Aurora. There is stabilization of the roadway on Snowy Creek," said Stone.

These are just some of the projects on a list that's given to the commission almost daily from the DOH.

Many times, Stone says, the lists are short, but the work is becoming evident.

"Sometimes we question roadways that they're doing, but at the end of the day if they continue the trend and and they're listening to us then we're pleased with this progress," said Stone.

Several other roads like Preston Drive and Dogtown Road have also gotten attention. Dogtown Road's new pavement means one commuter can stop using an alternate route that she took before the repairs.

"It's improved. It's actually probably better [now] than the alternate route that I used to use," said resident, Debra Love.

Initially commissioners expected crews to be in the county for up to 4 months. However, many crews have been sent back to their own counties to work.

"People were able to come here because the real work season hadn't started in other counties and Preston County," said Stone.

With many more months or even years of work to come, it's a breath of fresh air for some to know they're not being forgotten.

"You have to take the good with the bad. Yes we don't like traffic, but our roads are getting fixed," said Riffle.

"We have seen more road work in Preston County than we've seen in a very, very long time," said Stone.

"I think that is the key," said Price.

According to Thursday's list, Route 72, Campground Rd, Aurora Pike, River Road, Cherry Grove and St. Joe Road are also getting repairs.