CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox told MetroNews Thursday he anticipates most all potholes on the state’s interstate system to be repaired within a few weeks.

“If the weather cooperates with us those roads will be in really good shape,” Mattox said.

By all accounts, the recently completed winter was one of the worst in recent memory for the state’s highway system. Mattox ordered crews to begin addressing the potholes more than a month ago as soon as the asphalt plants got up and running.

“We have crews that are solely dedicated to the expressway system. Out in our counties they’re working on the U.S. and state routes. Those are the primary roads our counties take care of.”

Secretary Mattox said the county crews will begin addressing potholes on secondary roads and county routes later this year.

Paying for the repair work isn’t expected to be an issue. Mattox said he learned Thursday collections for the state Road Fund are above this fiscal year’s estimates by $31.5 million. There are two months remaining in the budget year.

Mattox said a lot of interstate potholes have formed in cracks in areas where contractors have in the past paved over the old interstate concrete. He said the past winter’s freeze-thaw cycle wreaked havoc in those areas.

“It really affects the structural integrity of the pavement and that produces a lot of the potholes we see on the expressway system,” he said.

The pothole work will not delay the spring and summer paving programs. Secretary Mattox said those jobs are done by contractors.

“Our spring paving program has been let for contractors to do their work and we’ve almost got all of our summer program bid out,” he said.

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  • LW

    So how come MD and VA roads that undergo the same freeze/thaw cycle stay in one piece while WV roads crumble? And I mean roads in the mountains that get exactly the same weather as WV does? Garrett County, MD - roads in decent shape. Preston County WV, next door? Not good.

  • Scott

    (Really good shape) ay? It's shameful, and downright dangerous, the condition of our roads here in West Virginia. They try to blame it on the "harsh winter" that we had. If that's the case, why aren't the roads in Pennsylvania this bad? Just drive across the state line and see for yourself. The roads in West Virginia have been put off for years with only certain areas getting attention. One of the biggest challenges in West Virginia is of course the terrain, another being all the rain we had last year in 2013 softening the bed under the roads, then take into account all the heavy trucks traveling back and forth all day and night. That causes the surface to crack and water and ice to penetrate and freeze causing more damage. The taxpayers are forking out millions of dollars now to "patch the potholes" again. Only for them to be scraped off again next winter by the snow plows. Meanwhile they just finished paving route 33 from Weston to Elkins, which was in almost perfect condition before they started. While other VDOT crews are actually painting lines on the roadways where they are crumbling, and installing new signs. I know it's not their fault, they're just doing the best with what they have. It's the state goverments for putting it off and patching for so long instead of repaving. Now I have two bent rims, and a wicked shimmy coming from my front end. Hopefully I don't kill myself on my motorcycle this year swerving a pothole or sliding on the debris.
    Thanks a lot governor.

  • The Answer

    Well folks believe it or not I just drove from Spencer to Chas. and the state has patched Rt 119 from the Roane Co. line to I-79 at Clendenin...
    To all those who took part in this, I thank you..

  • Renee

    PLEASE send this road crew to Morgantown! I went to visit my kids there at WVU and could not believe the shape of the roads there. I have seen better roads in third world countries! hub caps line most of the streets up there

  • The Answer

    Money of course is the major problem but there is lots of waste.
    For example April last year I was working in the Craigsville, Richood area.
    I witnessed 12 DOH employees at a drain replacement.
    Out of the 12 that were there only 3 were working 2 flagmen and the backhoe operator.
    Well you know what the rest were doing.
    Unfrigging believable..

    • Aaron

      I seen some bad ones but the worst was 57 guys paving the approach bridges over Middle Island Creek on Route 2 in St. Mary's.

      I couldn't believe the number of people standing around. I turned around, pulled over and counted them. One guy ask me what I was doing and when I told him, he called the state police on me. I told him if they were going to arrest anyone it would be him for loitering. He was not happy.

      57 for a job I've seen Kelly Paving use 6 plus the trucks.

  • To each their own

    Concrete has been choice of the WVDOH for the past several years.US Route 33 between Weston and Elkins has a lot of concrete sections, Some performing well and others not so much. The thing about asphalt is its "flexible" which allows it to move and not break under freeze and thaw conditions.If you milled off the top layer the remaining layers underneath looked the same as the day it was placed. Also, its is much easier to remove and replace asphalt than concrete. If you went through Elkins last year you could have seen the "almost" complete demolition of the road which is concrete. In addition, its smoother, wears your tires less, you can recycle it and has less road noise. I would say in this world of "environmental correctness" it would be the best choice. Just saying.

    • Aaron

      Given that asphalt is anywhere from 20 to 50 degrees hotter then concrete in direct sunlight, how is asphalt "environmentally correct?"

      • Say What

        How many barrels of oil does it take to pave one mile of road using concrete? Give yinz a hint - it is less than one.

  • Couz

    If the state would pave roads with concrete instead of asphalt, the roads would last much longer and our tax dollars would go much further. An asphalt road will last 7-10 years and must be periodically patched in between. A concrete road is much more durable and will last 25-30 years with much less maintenance and will stand up to the larger trucks and increased amount of traffic. Also, due to drastic increases in petroleum prices over the past several years, concrete is now price competitive up-front when compared to an equivalent asphalt design. We should encourage our DOH and cities to use more concrete on our streets and local roads.

  • The Answer

    I drIve about 1000 miles per week for my work.
    One of the worst sectIons of road I drive is from the Roane Co line to the Clendenin interchange of I -79.
    There's no excuse for this because this is US Rt 119 a major highway in this state..

  • northforkfisher

    To bad we could not go back when they used to put 6" inches of scratch coat, and 6 inches of topcoat. Now days it seems like that they only put 6" inches all together.
    Another thing that would help would be to compact a 4 to 5 foot strip at the edge to keep it from rolling out.

  • Darrell Gregory

    The infrastructure in this state is a joke, every road be it state county city or town is in shambles.

    • Aaron

      That's not true. Drive on the sections of concrete on CorridorG that have been down for 20+ years. With joint patching the roads are like new today.

  • A Civil Engineer

    It sure is a shame our overloaded automobiles have destroyed our roads! The State Police can not weigh trucks so it must be our cars!

    The density of the materials hauled by trucks varies but that doesn't mean they will use their maximum axle capacity.

    Look no further than the Irresponsible truck owners and drivers for the road conditions unless all the automobile are at fault.

    • Say What

      Shaker blades and basic science wouldn't have a thing to do with the creation of potholes, would they? Oh, and don't forget tire chains. And there is also the possibility of a resurfacing job that called for putting down one inch of asphalt over an already bad surface. Yes, heavy trucks can and will do some damage to roads, but don't be narrow minded regarding the cause of damage. Civil engineer? LoL.

  • richard

    come fix trace fork road and midfiff drive. they are horrible. my cars are taking a beating!! busted a tire 2 weeks ago on a pothole. they are everywhere.

  • sam

    the state should give all registered owners of vehicles within WV a compensation check for these sh@tty roads. would be alot cheaper.

  • I'm honest at least

    Later in the year for county roads? The county roads in my area will have destroyed what autos they haven't already by then. I don't think our government could run an ice cream stand.

    • Uncle Unctuous

      A shrinking tax base in a low income state with a vocal tax-averse population is not a recipe for a well-maintained highway system, to say nothing of rural roads serving relatively fewer people.

      • I'm honest at least

        You will have to make that argument to someone else. I have seen the difference in Charleston roads and the ones here. Not to mention the waste round-a-bout in Morgantown. How about no spending on new roads until the ones we have are fixed.

      • Couz

        Well said, Uncle. If we as West Virginians want better roads, we have to pay for them through taxes or tolls. Our politicians are scared to raise taxes or support tolls because it's career suicide in this state and it shouldn't be that way. Taxes and tolls are not always evils. Good roads are a privilege and not a right, so we should be willing to pay for them. Let's start supporting reasonable tax increases, an increase in registration fees and tolls that will go to create better roads, which in turn, will also create more jobs in our great state.

        • Say What

          I agree with a slow rise in increased taxes. Raise the DMV registration fee 20% for autos/bikes/non-commercial trailers, and 10% for vehicles registered over 10k GWV. It is a start we can all live with. Giving up a 12-pack of beer,or 3 packs of smokes, or 1 top-shelf combo meal a year isn't going to kill anyone!

      • Not enough revenue or tax base

        Couldn't have said it better. You want better roads? Then be prepared to pay higher taxes. Every state adjacent to our county pays at least $1500.00 a year more in property taxes. That's why VA, PA and MD all have better roads.

        • Ed

          Yeah that sounds easy, lets raise taxes on a low income shrinking tax base so we keep more people/business out of this state and those of us remaining can pay even more taxes so we can only afford to drive junkers that ride so rough we can't tell whether we're on a smooth road or not. PA roads are bad too, VA and MD are at the heart of federal $. The focus should be doing the hard things, getting our own house in order and put people in Charleston who see government as a service provider to us and not a kingdom to be served by us.

        • Danny

          Property taxes do not fund the roadway system. Fund come from gas tax, vehicle sales tax, and DMV fees. Nobody will to propose increasing these and is considered political suicide.