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Report: West Virginia Ranks 32nd In Highway Systems
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on July 05, 2013 @ 7:16PM
Created on July 04, 2013 @ 5:37PM

When it comes to our state roads it looks like officials in the mountain state have some work to do.

That's because a new report ranks our state highway system in the bottom half of all the ones across the country.

The report by the Reason Foundation comes out every year and takes a look at the condition and the most cost-effective highway systems across the United States.

The data in that study shows that our state had the fourth highest highway fatality rate.

Researchers also gave the Mountain State less than stellar remarks when it comes to our bridges and rural interstate roads.

If you're looking for what we did well, we had the fourth lowest amount of interstate congestion. Researchers also mentioned officials with the Mountain State had the second-lowest amount of money spent per mile.

Vincent Castranova, a Cheat Lake resident, told 5 News this study shows officials with the DOH have their work cut out for them.

Castranova also mentioned he would like to see them fix the amount of potholes on the roads.

"I lost two tires this past winter by hitting potholes," he said. "Some of them are a foot deep, and very large. That's a problem."

It's important to note that the study from the Reason Foundation was published as the Blue Ribbon commission on highways in West Virgina is getting ready to have series of public hearings on funding state roads.

Brent Walker, a spokesperson with the DOH, said he wasn't surprised about the rank.

Walker was quick to point out that West Virginia has 6th largest highway system in the country, and they aren't given much money to manage it.

"We're in a tough situation in that we need to continue to find creative ways to fund road projects," he said.

As for the fatality rate Walker said part of that comes from being a rural state with a lot of challenging terrain.

If you want to read the full report click here.


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