Monongalia County 'Pothole Repair Fund' To Solicit Private Donations

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This winter's constant freeze and thaw has been brutal on our local roads, leaving pothole ridden roads in it's wake.

How far are you willing to go to fix the roads in your county? Would you give some of your own money to have your road fixed?

Monongalia County is looking at a program that does just that.

It's working at setting up a program that solicits private donations from citizens to create a 'Pothole Repair Fund.' Each dollar raised will be matched by the Division of Highways.

"You can be a church, you can be a resident, you can be a school, government business. If you don't have decent roads you can't do it," said commissioner Eldon Callen.

The county plans to use $50,000 of carry-over money to establish the fund.

Callen said often repairing roads is expensive, not because of materials but the cost of moving equipment and crews, saying that for every $100 spent, as little as $28 is actually put into the roads. That's why the county plans to piggyback off existing DOH projects, creating a spider-web effect to cover more roads, while limiting the costs of moving crews.

"When we put this money in, it goes along with the idea that the solution to our road problem does not exist in Charleston, but right here," said Callen.

The county also hopes to work hand-in-hand with other counties to make a greater overall impact. Taylor county is already on-board.

"I've heard interest from WVU, I've presented to the development authority. Theses business need to look real closely to how much better business can be if we fix all these pot holes in Monongalia County. And That's our goal, to fix all the pot hole in Monongalia County," he said.

Fixing roads is music to Jamison Johnson's ears. A local delivery man, he said the roads are frustrating to navigate.

"Sometimes we joke we feel like we're going to pulled over for looking like we're drunk, but we're really just driving around the huge gigantic pot holes," he said.

And he's far from the only person who feels this way.

"All I see is a money sign," said Morgantown resident Richard Jacobs. "It's going to cost the state to fix the one's that exist, and cost homeowners and drivers a lot to fix the cars. I don't think there is an easy solution."


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