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W.Va. Transportation Department Buys Second Drone


West Virginia’s Department of Transportation has purchased its second drone.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the $3,500 drone will be used to help provide views of hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas. Department spokeswoman Carrie Bly says it will be used for situations like rockslides and to assess flooding damage.

  The drone also will allow the department to take aerial images of land being discussed in public hearings, as well as provide an alternative to using Google Maps when looking at certain areas.

The department’s first drone was purchased by its Public Port Authority.