July 24, 2014

Conditions at Parkersburg, Mid Ohio Valley Regional Airport, WV
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Saw It Along the Roadway

What is the most common item you see lost along the highway when traveling our roadways day in and day out? You might be surprised!

This is my own personal blog, not a news story, not the opinion of the station nor anyone else.

We recently aired a news story that extolled the viewer, 'if you see something along the roadways, to report it to the State Police or Highway Patrol.'

Well, in 17 years of commuting, I've seen quite a lot along the roads! Route 50 has been expanded to a four-lane divided highway, and I know each of the deer on the berm on a first name basis. So in a light-hearted manner, I thought I might share some of the things spotted along the roadway.

But you might be surprised at some of the more unusual items that I see regularly along our roads.

The most common items, after eliminating blown and shredded truck tires?  Toys.

That's right, toddler toys that have blown out of the back of a pick-up or fallen out of a trunk. The light, molded Rubbermaid toys, cooler lids, tri-cycles and sleds are very common on windy days.

Second most common? During the summer months, floatation devices: life jackets, rafts, kick boards, styrofoam coolers, foam simming tubes and beach balls.  Clearly, these blow out of open boats that are being hauled to Middleport to be launched on the Ohio River.

Third?  Wooden blocks: 2x4s, 4x4s, shims, skids and bracing timbers from flatbed trucks roll off as the trucks go around curves and sharp turns. In fact, during part of the year, these out-unumber the tires!

Forth most common:  Clothes. Typically blowing out of the back of a pick-up truck as someone moves and have stuffed their family's clothes into a black garbage bag.  These bags split or the wind picks up a tee-shirt, shorts, towel or pillowcase and there they lay along the roadway.

Now, I don't stop to do an inventory of these things, but there must be a lot of people moving from place to place, based upon how many toys, clothes and floaty toys I see along the roadway.

You'd think someone would miss these things or go back to look for them.

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