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Governor's Road to Prosperity program is not impressing all residents in Mercer County

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The Governor's "Roads to Prosperity" program is not impressing all residents in Mercer County and some are demanding the Division of Highways focus more on local roads.

"I live and have retired in my little piece of heaven," said Allen Williams, retired homeowner. "It's just hell getting too and from it because of the condition of the road." 

Allen says for six years, he's requested the West Virginia DOH be consistent with maintaining Maynard Road, requesting an asphalt resurfacing.

 "Our daily commute coming in and out, dodging all the pits, potholes and in some cases, 20 years worth of patches, it just beats you to death," said Andrew Dunford, homeowner on Maynard Road." 

Mercer County bus operator Denny Nestor avoids driving on Maynard Road.

 "You definitely can't drive this road with kids on the bus," said Nestor. "There is nowhere to actually pass another vechicle. I think we need to bring our focus back down to our local roads. They just need to repave and reditch it and come back and address the ditches." 

 "The wear and tear on your vechicle becomes a major issue and that's something a lot of folks like myself, at the end of the month, don't want to pay for," said Dunford. 

Assistant District Engineer Alan Reed says the DOH can't resurface all the roads at one time and that priority roads are determined by amount of traffic and the road's condition. 

Reed also said the DOH has a schedule for the resurfacing project and will begin sometime between July 1st and the end of the year for Maynard Road. 

 

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