Lawmakers: W.Va. Needs Drastic Road Improvements

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

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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