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                   Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 12:01PM

NEWS: Bridge overlays may help prevent icy accidents

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Another thanks to the Charleston Daily Mail for allowing me to contribute to their article today about measures being taken by the Department of Highways to test new overlay technology on ice-prone bridges:

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: Daily Mail: DOH trying to curb icy bridge wrecks

Below are copies of the letters I received from Senator Byrd and Commissioner Mattox last year that are referred to in the article:

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Letter from Senator Byrd Letter from Secretary Mattox

These letters are in response to video that I sent state officials last year demonstrating the degree of danger at Fort Hill when the roads are icy (Watch Video).

The experimental overlays mentioned in the article will be installed this summer on the Little Sandy Bridges on I-79 between Elkview and Big Chimney, a site I listed as one of the top five most dangerous bridges around Charleston during the winter:


The Little Sandy Bridges on I-79

It will be interesting to see how these overlays perform at Little Sandy, and I will be keeping up with how these tests go. Hopefully the system will be successful and eventually be installed at other problem areas, particularly at the Fort Hill/Oakwood location on I-64.

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