911 Road Sign Project set to start
ELKINS — With a contractor already in place to install new street signs throughout the county, Randolph County Commissioners made a pair of moves during their most recent meeting that put the final pieces in place for the 911 Road Sign Project to begin.
The commission unanimously approved two quotes at its regular meeting at the James Cain Courthouse Annex. The first was for the making of the signs that will be created by the Mount Olive Correctional Complex. The second quote approval was for the sign poles, which will be made by the West Virginia Department of Highways.
“The first areas receiving new signs are in the Coalton, Jimtown and Norton areas of the county,” said Commission President Mark Scott. “The size of the signs depends on the actual size of the road names. Most of them are 24 inches, but we have about eight of them that are 30 inches and three that are 36 inches.
“The folks at Mount Olive Prison, through the West Virginia Correctional Industries, will create the signs and said they can turn these signs around for us in about three weeks.”
The first leg of the project will require 149 road signs at a cost of $2,854.80. That money will be taken from last year’s COVID funds that the commission still has available.
The quote from the WVDOH is for 500 posts and post stubs. The cost for them is $12,736.25 and will also be taken from leftover COVID money.
“These are the higher grade posts, the same ones that you see stop signs on,” Scott said. “The DOH is actually going to let us store those at one of their old maintenance facilities, so we don’t have to worry about finding somewhere around here to put them. They will be behind a locked gate and the contractor will have access to them from six in the morning until like seven at night.”
Commissioner David Kesling said that the first phase of the project will likely begin within two months.
“We’ve approved the contractor, and now we now have the posts and the signs,” Kesling said. “So we should be able to get started pretty soon. I’d say probably about a month and a half.”
After the Coalton area has its signs installed and is complete, next up will be the Dryfork area, where emergency services have had issues finding residents in the past due to the lack of street signs.
“The reason we are able to use COVID funding on this project is because at a time when the pandemic was bad, it was seconds that mattered when someone was in distress,” Scott said. “So being able to find those signs and get to those folks as quickly as possible is going to be very helpful.”