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Long delays on interstate prompt concern

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INSTITUTE, West Virginia -

Saturday night motorists traveling on parts of Interstate 64 found themselves stuck in traffic and frustrated as they waited for numerous accidents to be cleaned up and for conditions to improve on the roads.

Parts of the interstate were closed from Hurricane to Dunbar.

Motorist spoke out through email and social media wondering how the snow squall was able to produce such delays. Some questioned why highways crews weren't doing more to clear the roads.

Division of Highways spokesman Brent Walker said crews were working as fast as they could.

"To suggest that our guys were not out in force is really not accurate," Walker said.

Another highways spokesperson shared an email that was sent to crews earlier in the week, letting them know that anyone involved in snow and ice removal for District 1 would need to be ready starting at 4 p.m. Friday until "further notice."

"We have some wonderful resources and we throw those resources at it but the length of routes that our drivers have can be pretty long," Walker said. "It is going to take some time."

Walker said motorists should accept some responsibility and follow the slogan "know before you go". The state recently unveiled the WV 511 system that allows motorists to check road conditions by phone or computer before they get behind the wheel.

"When conditions are less than perfect you need to determine if it is necessary to go out," Walker said. "It is a great compliment to think that you can continue with your evening plans because the Division of Highways is out there. We are out there. But at the same time you can only do so much to combat the weather especially when it comes fast and furious."

To check road conditions in your area you can call 511 or follow the link.