Series Of Disasters Leaves State Road Fund Depleted

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West Virginia revenue officials had to give the State Road Fund a $6.5 million infusion last month after three costly and unforeseen disasters tapped much of its cash.

The state Department of Transportation has spent a lot of money in a short amount of time to make roads passable after the June 29 derecho, Superstorm Sandy, and last month's powerful natural gas line explosion near Sissonville that badly damaged a portion of Interstate 77.

Officials said the final cost of the emergency overnight paving job that reopened I-77 has yet to be tallied, but costs from the other events totaled $30 million. The transfer made in December should be enough to cover road fund costs until the state receives money from the federal government.