Frustrations run high for drivers throughout the Ohio Valley, especially when it comes to getting on the highway, but it’s not just drivers who are frustrated.
Ordinary folks in Ohio County aren’t the only ones upset with the lack of progress on I -70. In fact, politicians who represent the county in Charleston feel the same way.
Dealing with potholes and other hurdles has become a part of our daily lives. More than 50-thousand people cross the Fort Henry Bridge each day. That bridge hasn’t had a significant renovation since 1990, when the deck was replaced.
Governor Justice’s proposed Roads to Prosperity project is calling for the repairs of every bridge on I-70 in West Virginia. However, this problem dates back to before the governor assumed office. Now, both parties just want to fix one of the state’s most important highways.
“We’ve gone beyond just a promise that was not fulfilled,” said Shaun Fluharty (D-Ohio). “We’re putting people and lives in danger. I worry that the I-70 bridge could collapse at any moment just like it happened in Minnesota years ago because of failed bureaucrats down here in Charleston and failed promises by our governor and the urgency that’s necessary. This is an urgent matter, and I’ve seen nothing and heard nothing from the governor on this issue.”
Erikka Storch (R-Ohio), another West Virginia legislator, feels similarly about the roads. “There is a lot of deterioration every week when I go home,” she said. “I see more and more deterioration in the roads. I get pictures sent to me daily. The roads are terrible and they need to be dealt with appropriately and immediately.”
For years, both parties have promised repairs along the I-70 corridor but if there are any improvements, they are barely noticeable. People are either uneasy about the bridges or driving over gigantic potholes.
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