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Spring’s crop of potholes on the way

February 25, 2014

One of the hardest winters in decades is about to come to a close — we hope. In its wake will be left hundreds, perhaps thousands, of miles of badly damaged roads in West Virginia....

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Feb-25-14 10:59 PM

In our area, we are still dealing with the spring crop of potholes for the last several years. I've lived here for over 13 years and we are still fighting to get a culvert installed at the end of our road. The ditches stand full of water, resulting a constant flow of water across the road. It freezes, then thaws, and freezes again, causing the road to fall apart.

By the time they get done fixing the potholes on the roads leading around county and state official's homes, there won't be any money left to fix the roads in front of the commoners homes, and we'll be left destroying our vehicles driving on roads that have been in need of repair for years. Having worked for the state several years ago, I know how they operate. The politicians, local officials and the wealthy people with enough clout to pull a few strings get their roads fixed and we are left out in the cold.

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Feb-26-14 10:11 AM

Keep flooding them with calls everyday, nonstop, until they are fixed! ALL taxpayers deserve to have their roads fixed! Become a nuisance to them.

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Feb-27-14 8:00 AM

On the Legislature's last day to pass bills in the chamber where they started, the House of Delegates cleared $39 million in budget cuts. The bill would trim funds to pay for water and sewer infrastructure needs and lower subsidies for dog- and horse-track owners and casinos. The cuts also would take $5.4 million in renovation cash from the state Capitol and its iconic golden dome.

Senate lawmakers worked in the other direction Wednesday. Amid a budget shortfall, the upper chamber approved an across-the-board pay raise of $837 for school teachers.

Oh yeah, cut funds for water/sewage and give teachers pay raises.

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Mar-01-14 6:31 AM

Local city govts fine and threaten landowners for property not taken care of 'according to govt' regulation; yet try getting governments to take care of 'their responsibility' of our roads. Yeah, there's that double-standard again!!!

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Mar-01-14 5:35 PM

Not much they can do about the potholes right now folks, the asphalt plants don't operate in the winter months. Asphalt is like quick drying concrete, once it cools it's solid, it has to be hot and compacted to adhere. The other problem is the pot hole's have to be considerably dry, if they put it in a wet hole, it will blow out almost immediately. It ain't as simple as you think, just be careful driving for the next few weeks. Anybody on the road dept or is familar with driveways and paving knows what I'm talking bout. Cold patching the holes is a waste of time and money. Do it right the first time!

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