Transportation Makes West Virginia Work!


West Virginia’s Economy, Quality of Life & Security Depend on Our Transportation Infrastructure

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges (West Virginia)

What We Invest in Our Roads & Bridges

The average West Virginia motorist pays 217¢ per day in highway user fees to build and maintain our state’s roads and bridges.

  • 93 cents/day through the state gas tax
  • 42 cents/day through the federal gas tax
  • 63 cents/day through motor vehicle ownership state fees
  • 19 cents/day in tolls

The average West Virginia household spends 2 times more per month for land line and cell phone service than it invests to build and maintain the roads and bridges we use.

West Virginia spends $396 a year per capita on road and bridge capital improvements. West Virginia ranks #11 among all U.S. states in this important category. Here’s how we compare to our neighbors:

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

How Our Money is Spent (West Virginia)

How Our Money is Spent

This is How the West Virginia Transportation Department Spends Our Highway User Money

This is How We Compare to Neighboring States

Source of Funding for West Virginia’s Annual Road & Bridge Capital Investment Budget
Over the Past 10 Years

How West Virginia Invests Its Federal Highway Funds

The federal gas and diesel fuel taxes we pay supported $8 billion in road and bridge work in West Virginia just over the past 10 years, including $1.2 billion to improve our share of the nation’s Interstate Highway System.

Employment & Tax Impact (West Virginia)

Employment & Tax Impact

West Virginia Jobs & Tax Base Supported by Transportation Infrastructure Investment Investments in West Virginia’s transportation infrastructure supports…

24,086 full time jobs in the state—more than 50% non-construction related.  These West Virginia residents earn $587 million annually and contribute $107 million in local, state, and federal taxes.

331,998 full time jobs in the state in key industries like tourism, trucking, retail sales, agriculture and manufacturing are completely dependent on the state’s transportation infrastructure network.  These West Virginia residents earn $12 billion annually and contribute $2.3 billion in state taxes.

State of Our Roads & Bridges (West Virginia)

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.

Sources: ARTBA analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Employment and tax information from ARTBA’s 2015 U.S. Transportation Construction Industry Profile. 

Updated June 2016