CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A state senator wants the legislature to make a commitment to the state’s highway system.

“If we don’t do something this spring–to do a paving cycle of some sort–our roads are in the worse shape I’ve seen in a while,” Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, told fellow senators last week.

The state Road Fund is doing a little better this year with revenue collections but the fund has basically been stagnant for the last several years.


Sen. Bob Plymale

Plymale said lawmakers need to consider additional funding for paving even though it’s a tight budget year for the state.

“I don’t how much it’s going to cost. I would say it’s going to be between 20 and 25 million dollars to be able to do the right and appropriate paving cycle,” Plymale said. “But we’ve got to find something even if it is in the Rainy Day Fund.”

Plymale said it’s a rainy day for the roads of West Virginia.

“If they aren’t kept and maintained we are going to run into problems moving forward,” he said.


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  • Buck

    Cut the prevailing wage requirement (forced union labor) and they could probably pave twice as many miles for the same money.

  • Dave

    You are not going to pave many roads for 25 million dollars. It wouldn't scratch to surface (no pun intended).

  • bulldog95

    Maybe the should look at all the people at staffing levels when any work gets done. I fail to see how a patch job requires 2 trucks, with 3 people in each truck, where the drivers never get out of the truck, 1 person puts the mix in the holes and the other 3 people watch the one working.

  • The bookman

    Notice once Pandora's box has been resolved to be opened how easy it is to spend nearly a billion dollars.

  • Guardian

    The mix needs upgraded - the state has tried to cover more miles by using a cheaper mix. I understand the concept in trying to stretch limited dollars, but now we're paying the price. Upgrade the mix.

    The money MUST be spent this spring, summer, and fall - the roads are LITERALLY crumbling. Tap the rainy day fund - if this isn't a rainy day, then I haven't seen one. And EVERY spare dollar from all departments need to be funneled temporarily into repaving. We are in a mission critical situation.

  • The Sarge

    How is it that Pennsylvania roads with stand more than WV roads. Very few potholes in comparison to what we here in the mountain state go through. Do they use a different type of asphalt mixture? Maybe the WVDOH needs to ask for advice from our neighbors to the north.

    • KeatonsCorner

      is this a serious post?

      PENNDOT is easily the worst caretaker of highways among the Eastern United States...

      You can't go a week in Pittsburgh without hearing about a car who snapped an axle on a pot hole in that city alone, much less the highways.

  • WV Hillbilly

    Regardless of what you spend, if you don't correct the formula of the hot mix, lay it thick enough to last, you are wasting money. Many of the roads need to have the hard top ripped up and undergo a complete reworking of the base. Remove the corruption and the tail wagging the dog, in that the powerful contractors are running the show.

    • Aaron

      If we're going to go that far then we need to switch to concrete roads and get away from asphalt.

      • Hillbilly

        Correct. Notice how new Interstate highways (concrete) last about 30 years.. but asphalt about 5-7. I also think this new state-mandated mix is crap

        • Aaron

          I was in New York State 2 years ago and they were in the process of tearing up there asphalt interstate and replacing it with Concrete. The initial cost may very well be higher but given that concrete last so much longer, particularly when you consider how much quality asphalt has lost, it's a no brainer, at least me.

  • hillbilly

    I see some single road projects that say the total cast is over 20 million dollars.. I don't think you could do this type of project for less than 150 million per year to be able to redo the majority of roads... and I do not think it would do very many secondary roads.

  • Mort Zuck

    Couldn't agree more with the Senator. This most basic function of government must be down well for all WV citizens.

  • SamWvu304

    Best to dip into something for the money to fix the roads now. Be paying out for many lawsuits if not. The roads in this area arent bad. THEY ARE A HUGE DEATH RISK.!!! In Morgantown,of all places there are holes you could literally fit a smart car in. Some roads in P county you must drive on the opposite side of the road to not get a flat tire or worse. Won't be long you'll see people dying from our road conditions.More so then before. Got to get it together somewhere fellas..

  • aaron

    Before the begin paving, they need to address regrind and it's place as an aggregate in asphalt mix. If they continue to allow this product, all we will be doing is throwing good money after bad as the finished good has a very limited life cycle.