MORGANTOWN, WV (WBOY) – The tell-tale noises of road work. Usually done by city or state officials, the residents on Dawson Road in Monongalia County have their neighbor, Bobby Cayton, to thank.
“Cant seem to get the department of highways out to fix the road to pull the ditches so that we got drainage. So, I keep using my tractor and buying rock and putting on it just to make it better for us and everyone else on the road,” said Bobby Cayton, Monongalia County resident.
Cayton uses his own equipment to improve the conditions on the road, purchasing rocks and coming out in the early morning to smooth out the rock, improving the road work.
“Just this year alone I hired an excavator. Then, that was 700 hundred dollars for that, and then today it’s probably you know probably somewhere in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars worth of rock we’ve put on here today,” said Cayton.
A quick glance at the Division of Highways website, and you can see that Dawson road is not on any upcoming projects. WBOY 12 News contacted the division and are waiting for a respond, but Cayton says after numerous calls he just didn’t want to wait anymore.
“I think I got one call in, you know, probably 30 calls to them. I know that they’re strapped with, you know, the competition around here. It’s not that they probably don’t want to, it’s they have their own set of struggles,” said Cayton.
Luckily for the residents on Dawson road, they don’t have to wait for road repairs.
“We just kinda take it on ourselves to, you know, try to keep it in the best shape that we can. We live here and want to keep it as nice as we can,” said Cayton.