Report: $5B Needed For WVa Roads By 2019

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

South Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A new report says West Virginia will need to find $5 billion over the next 10 years to keep its roads and bridges from falling into further disrepair.

Trip, a nonprofit, Washington, D.C.-based transportation research group, says in a report released Wednesday that 8 percent of the state's roads are in poor condition and 29 percent are in mediocre condition.

Additionally, the report says 15 percent of bridges 20 feet or longer are structurally deficient and another 22 percent are functionally obsolete.

West Virginians for better transportation, a statewide group seeking new ways to fund road maintenance, says the report is a wakeup call.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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