Road bonds discussed at Monongalia County Commission meeting

MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - In less than a month, several of you will vote on state road bonds.

The idea is to bring billions of dollars in order to fix roads throughout all 55 counties. Some of you have spoken out saying you'll believe the changes when you see them, and others say action has to be taken now.

Division of Highways District 4 Manager Don Williams says the road bond approval would bring several improvements to the state's road system. Specifically, we'd be looking at bridge repair and many paving projects.

"Over $250 million going to Monongalia County, but that money will be spread out to bridges and projects for both the western end and the eastern end," Williams said.

A big thing Williams wants people to know is that there aren't any new taxes.

"We're only going to get bonds and do projects as they become available," Williams said. "So when we see a list of projects, the bonds will be over roughly four years and so the first year, we'll develop a list of projects, we'll develop plans, put them out to bid, and when it comes in for x amount of money, we'll actually go after a bond for that amount."

When you look at the big picture, the greater Morgantown and Mon County area would get a chunk of the money. Williams says this would fix roads throughout the county, including the western end.

"The western end of Mon County we're looking really hard at Route 7, and the monies that have already been generated, we've used on Route 7," Williams said.

Some of you are a little on the fence.

"They need to fix the torn up roads that we already have, they're in horrible shape," said Ellen Hartley. "I'll believe it when I see it."

We also took to our social media pages. Several commented, and a piece of one person's post read, "My vote is still NO. Less for Morgantown and more for the western end of the county."

One person told me this will bring jobs to the region.

"I think it would be a terrible shame if it didn't pass," said Susan Dotson. "The money is already there, the taxes are in place, it's not going to raise anybody's taxes."