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Turnpike budget approved for next fiscal year

Local - 6/5/2014 4:25 PM by Stuart Hammer

BECKLEY – The West Virginia Parkways Authority approves its budget for next fiscal year.

The approved budget will allow the parkways authority to work with $80 million starting in July. This is a 1 percent increase over last year's budget.

Officials say culvert repair, paving projects at Tamarack, and equipment upgrades remain top priorities. But its long-term goal is currently ahead of schedule, now halfway through the time line.

 “Our goal is to have, by 2019, 90 percent of the pavement in good to very good condition, says General Manager of the Parkways Authority, “And we're on track to accomplish that and that's funded primarily from the toll increase in 2009.”

Barr says Memorial Day weekend traffic through the tolls was up 1 percent from last year.


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