State Releases West Virginia Road-Fix List

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One of the roads that made the list is Roselane Drive in the Mink Shoals area of Kanawha County. There was a bad slip there a year ago, right above the busy U.S. Highway 119.

The list from the Division of Highways contains approximately 15,000 road projects, but right now the funding for all road fixes in not guaranteed.

People along the badly damaged road in Mink Shoals say public safety should be the top priority for all state road projects.

“I heard them say if a school bus happens to be passing down on 19, and they slip off, they could run into a whole school bus full of children,” said Del. Sharon Malcolm, (R) Kanawha.

Neighbors notified the Divisions of Highways, and over 300 signed a petition. Still, no fix.

“We survived the winter, and now we’re into the summer months and this has been a whole year with a one-lane road that as you can see, looks like it’s going to cave in at any point. If that happens, we’re in a world of hurt,” said Mark White, a Mink Shoals resident.

While funding for all projects is not certain, the governor has identified three possible sources. They are the road bonds approved by voters a year-and-a-half ago; the states existing road maintenance funds; and, any budget surpluses left over at the end of the fiscal year in June. People who gathered at a MInk Shoals Church near the slip, say help can’t come soon enough.

“We would really like to see this road fixed. Repaired before someone is seriously injured or before the people here become stranded and they can’t get in or out,” said Pastor Paul Mateer, of Trinity United Methodist Church.

The entire list of secondary state roads is on the West Virginia Department of Transportation Website.

While the state Divisions of Highways has published a statewide list of all the roads that need to be fixed there is still no guarantee any or all of the projects will be fixed or funded.

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