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County wants help repairing potholes

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

By: Crissy Clutter


Potholes are a big issue across the Ohio Valley after a rough winter, but now Marshall County is seeking help from the oil and gas industry with the problem.

Delegate David Evans, R-Marshall, says the counties dealing with the impact of the oil and gas industry should be seeing some of the cash to repair the roads.

“It’s like Camden Park or one of the parks where they have dodge-‘em car rides-- we dodge holes out here on U.S. 250,” said Evans.

“The best place to drive most of the time is in the middle of the road-- it's really difficult to go anywhere without hitting a pothole.”

Evans blames a combination of a hard winter and heavy truck traffic from the booming Marcellus Shale business.

“When they built the roads in the 1930s, they were never designed for the weight of traffic or volume that we're getting on these roads now,” said Evans.

He says many of the roads are not bonded-- they're federal roads-- meaning the oil and gas industry is not obligated to repair them under an agreement with the state.

“If you go into Moundsville and drive down Jefferson Avenueyou will notice a wave to it from the heavy trucks,” said Evans. “They can drive that route and it costs nothing.”

“They don't have to pay for the damage done to that road,” Evans added.

Evans says billions of dollars are being made throughout the county and he wishes other state officials would consider this when deciding how to distribute funding for road projects.

He says he will continue to push the cause to make sure these roads are repaired in a timely manner.

A spokesperson with the Division of Highways says they're aware of the problem, but the continued cold temperatures and snow have prevented repair.

They're hoping by the end of the week-- or next week-- they'll be able to make the roads better

County wants help repairing potholes

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