10/8/2013 3:09 PM
by Rebecca Turco
OAK HILL - No snowflakes have fallen yet, but the West Virginia Division of Highways is already preparing for the winter season.
Workers at the District Nine Headquarters in Oak Hill put spreaders and plows on the dump trucks Tuesday. They also took inventory of the equipment and materials, as well as drove for practice runs to make sure everything worked properly.
Fayette County Highway Administrator Danny Hypes explained this dry run takes place every October and gives workers the sense of how well they are treating the material. "We don't want to treat too much, but we don't want to underestimate what we're putting out there on the road either," Hypes said.
Hypes has 60 employees working in the county. Five trucks and an eleven-man crew will be dedicated to Route 19, and 20 trucks will be used across the county. To treat the roads, District Nine has about 4,000 tons of salt, more than 500 tons of a gravel and salt mixture, and 18,000 gallons of salt brine to mix with it.