State of Our Roads & Bridges

3,070 miles of West Virginia’s major roads — nearly the equivalent of driving from Charleston to Albuquerque, New Mexico and back — are in poor condition.

Driving on poor roads costs the average West Virginia motorist $469 per year in vehicle repairs and wasted fuel.

1,092 bridges in West Virginia are classified as structurally deficient. This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in “poor” or worse condition by government inspectors. These bridges are crossed 2.8 million times each day.

Placed end-to-end, there are 23 miles of structurally deficient bridges in West Virginia. 731 of these bridges have weight restrictions in place.

State and local governments in West Virginia spent $588 million on bridge repair and construction contracts over the past five years.