DOH busy to complete road projects by winter
The Pocahontas County Division of Highways plans to complete six major road projects by the onset of winter, along with treatment of various secondary roads.
On Route 84, the division has completed surface treatment of the roadway with a tar/epoxy emulsion and limestone chips.ﾠ Contractor Hammaker East will seal the lower six-tenths of a mile of Route 84 using a process known as fogseal. The contractor will be doing the work for free, as a demonstration of its efficacy to the highway division.ﾠ The fogseal is planned for the week of September 26, after which, the division will paint lines on the entire five-mile stretch of Route 84 in Pocahontas County.
The division is currently building new decks on the Knapps Creek and Douthards Creek bridges at Minneheha Springs. One lane will be completed at a time and traffic is being controlled by stop lights. The division expects to finish both bridges by mid-October.
The curve realignment on Airport Road, which began this spring, is scheduled for a mid-October completion date.
In the northern part of the county, the division is paving John's Run Road (County 250/4) from the Route 250 intersection to the Forest Service road above the 4-H camp. Paving began on September 17 and should be finished by September 24.
North of Durbin, the division is grading Burner Mountain Road (County 250/9), replacing culverts and installing a new stone surface. The resurfacing should be completed by this fall.
The division is replacing a bridge on Luster Shrader Road (County 11/6) with twin box culverts and should be completed by October 31.
In addition to the projects listed above, the division will be surface-treating various secondary roads with tar emulsion and limestone chips. Generally, after three years of surface treatment, a road will be paved.
Regional administrator Jim McCoy and acting county administrator Sam McPaters provided the information in this update.