Lawmakers approve Gov. Justice's request for additional $98M for roads

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WDTV)-- On Monday, Governor Justice announced the approval of an additional $98 million to go toward state highway maintenance funding.

According to a press release Governor Justice raised the Fiscal Year 2019 revenue estimate so that $54 million could be used from the current-year surplus mixed with the $44 million moved from non-maintenance funds.

"I asked the Legislature to approve this additional highway maintenance funding because I want our Division of Highways to be able to continue the great work they've started with our maintenance-first initiative," said Governor Justice.

According to the release the DOH has the authority to roll over any unused maintenance funds from Fiscal Year 2019 to Fiscal Year 2020.

The release also states that the Legislature approved another request to combine two spending accounts within the DOH. This is to allow for additional funding in Fiscal Year 2020, beginning July 1, 2019.

"Secretary White, Commissioner Wriston, and all the hardworking men and women of the Division of Highways are doing an incredible job, and with this additional funding will be able to do even more great work. I also want to express my sincere appreciation and congratulations to the Legislature on this bipartisan effort to approve this spending in an area where we all agree it's desperately needed," said Governor Justice.