Charleston’s mayor wants state to step in and help with winter-damaged roads

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston Mayor Danny Jones wants state lawmakers to call the state Division of Highways about the current road conditions in the city.

“We would like some help and I would like some legislators to call the DOH,” Jones said.

Kanawha County Delegate J.B. McCuskey tweeted Tuesday morning that he had spoken with the DOH and spokesman Brent Walker indicated repairing Charleston roads damaged by the winter weather is a priority but cold weather is slowing things down.

Mayor Jones said there are many state roads running through Charleston.

“We think because they’re state roads the state ought to fix them,” the mayor said. “They have fixed them sometimes and sometimes they won’t.”

Charleston has a $2 per week user fee that everyone who works in Charleston pays, which in part, finances road work. The mayor said they don’t want to raise the fee.

“We’d like the state to help us here and step up,” he said. “That Bridge Road, maybe there are some worse roads in the city, but I don’t know where they are.”


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