BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Some drivers touring Interstate 64 by means of Barboursville discover the development to be unsafe and harmful.
In a follow-up to a WSAZ investigation, WSAZ requested high officers on the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) what’s being accomplished to enhance security all through the world as crews work on a road-widening challenge.
Jimmy Wriston, deputy secretary for the Division of Transportation, mentioned that stretch of the work zone is “significantly harmful” because of the quantity of visitors movement within the space.
“Once you get that a lot visitors quantity in an space the place you’re doing that quantity of labor, that massive of challenge, drivers should be affected person. Don’t be distracted and observe the indicators,” Wriston mentioned.
The primary grievance WSAZ heard from drivers was an absence of signage warning them of a visitors change with the contraflow lanes.
The contraflow lanes permit visitors to function in two lanes whereas building is ongoing on both aspect of the interstate.
WSAZ requested State Security Officer Shane Hudnall if officers would think about including extra indicators. Hudnall mentioned they’d “proceed to analyze, however the signage posted meets a minimum of minimal state requirements.”
“We will all the time take a look at including extra signage. The one downside is we don’t wish to put an excessive amount of out. It turns into mundane and folks don’t concentrate,” Hudnall mentioned. “We will examine that if they’d enhance the security. We will definitely add extra indicators if want be.”
In 2015, when contraflow lanes have been launched in downtown Charleston, WVDOH ran a advertising marketing campaign. In 2018, WV DOH ran a social media campaign on how contraflow lanes work earlier than being launched.
For this challenge in Barboursville, WSAZ discovered there was just one put up per day on the WV511′s Twitter web page, encouraging drivers to scale back their pace by means of the work zone. There was no point out of the contraflow lane.
“I wouldn’t say it was a special strategy, however I can let you know: We will all the time do higher on daily basis,” Wriston mentioned.
Some drivers instructed us they discovered the lanes to be too slender, however it’s one thing they’ll should get used to when touring, as DOH officers say they’re key in bettering security.
“Once you don’t have a contraflow you don’t have any partitions or safety. Mainly, they’re working proper on the white line. This will increase the security of the workers, so there’s a bodily barrier between them and the automobile. It will increase their security and the drivers additionally,” Hudnall mentioned.
The contraflow lanes are anticipated to be in place for 3 years whereas the challenge is ongoing.
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