Monongalia County commissioner, Tom bloom, gave his reaction to Governor Jim Justice’s plan to fix secondary roads.
Bloom said he is unhappy about the lack of planning for the roads in the budgeting department. Governor Justice discussed his plan to fix secondary roads and refocus the Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency.
“I’ve said from day one, it’s a crying pitiful shame the shape of our secondary roads and we need to do something about it,” said Governor Justice. “And so we embarked on that through our Roads to Prosperity program, but we weren’t getting it done at the pace that it needs to be able to have gotten done.”
Bloom said he is adamantly opposed to using funds from the Roads to Prosperity Program. He also said this bond should be used for future economic growth, not for road repairs.
Governor Justice said that all planned Roads to Prosperity projects will still be completed, but the DOH may look to re-bid certain projects that come in over-estimate.
“What I heard was a political answer that is basically ‘Well were going to do it, and we’re going to help. But nothing specific.’ And I’m sorry, I respect the governor. He has a very difficult job. But you know what, come down here into Monongalia and Preston County and see what’s going on, and come up with a three year plan,” said Bloom.
Bloom said he will meet with fellow commissioners “To discuss filing a law suit against the state for not fulfilling their state constitutional duties by purposely and knowingly allowing unsafe roads and jeopardizing the health and safety of the citizens in Mon County.” Bloom said they are also looking at the possibility for a state of emergency in Monongalia County.