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Statewide Coalition Pushes For Long-term Transportation Solutions In WV

Reported: Apr. 29, 2014 11:37 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 29, 2014 1:01 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – A statewide coalition is pushing for solutions in what it calls a statewide transportation crisis in the Mountain State.

West Virginians for Better Transportation is a statewide coalition of businesses, trade associations, chambers of commerce, labor groups, convention and visitors bureaus, community groups, local leaders and educators, according to a news release from the organization.

The group said the Division of Highways has the responsibility for the construction, improvement and maintenance of nearly all public highways. It maintains this is a tough challenge because West Virginia – with 36,000 miles of highways -- is one of only four states in which there is no county or township ownership of highways.

The group said this past winter was harsh on the state’s highways, causing more potholes and rough surface conditions. It maintains that driving on rough roads costs state motorists a total of $400 million annually in extra vehicle operating costs, with an average cost of $333 a year to the average West Virginia Drivers.

West Virginians for Better Transportation are calling upon state leaders to develop long-terms solutions.



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