It is true that the state has fallen behind on routine maintenance and there is never enough money to fix all the roads. However, neither Manchin nor Tomblin is the Governor. All roads, regardless of their condition, lead to the current Governor’s office.
Justice has promised to direct more money to repairs, buy new equipment and hire more workers, while simultaneously creating a sense of urgency for the Department of Highways to return to its core mission of maintenance. “We have got to get it moving,” Justice said, “And we’ll get it going right now.”
That’s what West Virginians want to see. They are exasperated over collapsed pavement, potholes and poor drainage. The road bond approved by the voters in 2017 was supposed to free up more of DOH’s annual budget for routine maintenance, but there is very little evidence that has happened.