The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced that road damage from recent flooding in the state now totals approximately $46,859,290.
More than a dozen contractors have been hired to restore access to communities and repair major routes. WVDOH crews from around the state have been mobilized in the impacted areas to remove debris and slides from roadways, stabilize embankments and shoulders, and clear ditches and culverts. WVDOH is currently working to put additional repair projects out for contract work.
With over 150 roads in the state that suffered damage from recent storms, many of the roads affected will need to undergo total reconstruction, while several bridges will have to be replaced, according to a statement from West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox, in a release.
So far, nineteen counties have reported road damage. At this time, counties reporting the highest amount of road damage include Kanawha, Clay, Nicholas and Greenbrier counties, with damage costs exceeding $13 million in Kanawha County alone.
WVDOH is continuing to survey damage to roadways and bridges. The cost of repairs may increase or decrease as additional information is received.