WV Transportation System
Unique Aspects of West Virginia’s Transportation System:
• With roughly 36,000 miles of public highway mileage, West Virginia is one of only four states (Delaware, North Carolina, and Virginia are the others) in which there is no county and/or township ownership of highways.
• As a result, the WVDOH has statutory authority for the construction, improvement, and maintenance of nearly all public highway miles (approximately 36,000 or 93%) in the state, the 6th highest percentage in the nation.
• Furthermore, despite West Virginia’s relatively small size, the WVDOH is responsible for the sixth-largest state maintained highway network in the nation. (Source: W.Va. DOT STIP)
• Driving on rough roads costs West Virginia motorists a total of $400 million annually in extra vehicle operating costs. Costs include accelerated vehicle depreciation, unexpected expense repair costs, greater tire wear -- not to mention blown tires, damaged wheel rims, new brakes, worn out shocks, front-end alignments, increase fuel consumption…and aggravation.
• Driving on rough roads costs the average West Virginia motorist $333 annually.
• Many drivers are paying less in total gasoline taxes today that 10 or 20 years ago due to driving cars with much higher MPG capabilities…using fewer gallons of gasoline.
• An average driver in West Virginia uses 853 gallons of fuel (15,786 miles @18.5 miles per gallon). Each driver pays about $300 in state fuel taxes annually (853 gallons x 0.35.7 cents/gallon).
• Area Development magazine (2011) says good transportation (improved access, reduced transport costs and improved, safe highway accessibility) was ranked as the number one site selection factor.
• Every year, $49 billion in goods are shipped from sites in West Virginia and another $54 billion in goods are shipped to sites in West Virginia, mostly by trucks.
• West Virginia has one of the highest highway fatality rates in the nation.
• The fatality rate on West Virginia’s non-interstate rural roads is more than double the rate on all other roads in the state (2.54 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel vs. 1.19).