ROAD SYSTEM NEEDS Commission Says WV Should Spend More Than $1 Billion More On Road System
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 11, 2013 9:03 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2013 3:24 PM EST
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A commission developing a plan for West Virginia's highway system said the state should spend more than $1 billion more each year to preserve and expand the road system.
The West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways is recommending the state spend an additional $750 million a year on maintenance designed to preserve current state roads. It also recommended the state spend an additional $380 million a year on expansion projects. Media outlets report that the results are preliminary.
Parkways Authority officials said the recommended amount would increase by another $59 million a year if tolls are removed from the West Virginia Turnpike as scheduled in 2019.
A final plan must be approved by the full commission before it's presented to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in May.
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