CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Lawmakers agree West Virginia roads desperately need improvements. The question is how to pay for them.
That was the discussion Thursday as a group largely funded by road construction interests released a report on state roadways.
Senate President Jeffrey Kessler said the need for improvements is at an emergency level and his idea to create a trust fund with a portion of natural gas industry taxes might eventually help.
But he said the state doesn't have the $1 billion needed now for repairs and construction.
House Roads and Transportation Committee Chairwoman Margaret Staggers said she'll propose a ballot measure seeking $2.1 billion in road bonds.
Washington-based TRIP's report said 12 percent of West Virginia's major roads are in poor condition and 35 percent of its bridges need repairs.
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