BECKLEY, W.Va. -- The state has repaved portions of the West Virginia Turnpike after a friction test of the road surface found damage.
The test conducted near the old Memorial Tunnel followed a recent series of tractor-trailer accidents.
About three-fourths of a mile of northbound lane and a quarter mile of southbound lane were repaved, Greg Barr, general manager of the West Virginia Parkways Authority, told The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/19QPbUT ).
"It's not real clear what kind of issues we have. It just indicated the travel lane is not quite as good as the passing lane. We're looking at everything we can to analyze it," he said.
But driver error or weather cannot be eliminated as causes for the accidents, Barr said.
"I don't think we want to make the case the asphalt was too slippery," he said.
"I don't think that was the case at all. If people would obey the signs. When an interstate sign says 60, that doesn't mean you go 60 when there's snow on the road. It also doesn't mean you go 60 if you've got a downpour and water is running across the road. You need to have enough common sense to slow down in relation to the conditions."
The Division of Highways is considering conducting another test to verify the findings.