Citizen Group Says Find a Way To Improve West Virginia's Highways

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We've been through a tough winter, but the citizen group West Virginians for Better Transportation says potholes aren't the only reason the state's roads and bridges are increasingly deteriorating.

While it costs taxpayers for the upkeep of those roads, the group's treasurer says they also have to pay for the damage crumbling roads cost their cars.

"On average, West Virginians are paying $333 a year just to maintain their cars for the damage caused by bad road conditions," says Joe Deneault, who also is a group member. "We, and I think every West Virginian would believe that money would be better spent fixing our roads and making sure that damage doesn't occur in the first place."

The Mountain State is one of only four states with no county or township ownership of roadways.

Deneault says if roads continue to deteriorate, it could also hurt the state's tourism industry.

He says the governor, legislature and the state's citizens need to work together to come up with a long-term solution to the problem.

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