West Virginia Roads Part 2 – Update 2-27-08

Well, our beloved “Governor” is upset over our hillbilly stigma. Imagine that. But with our roads going straight to hell, it seems like that’s just a distraction to things that are of very real importance. He’s all about supporting the Oil and Gas Barons, the Coal Kings, and anything else that takes what we HAVE and gives it to the rich folks, while sweeping the poor folks aside just like so much mountaintop removal fill-dirt.

There has been a lot of controversy lately regarding the Dept. of Highways in WV. The guys at the top publicly saying everything is just fine and dandy, and claiming that only “extra” or “old” equipment is being sold off, but the guys at the bottom of the totem pole see it a bit differently. Anyone not familiar with life in rural WV would think that it’s all just a matter of differing opinions. But NOT SO.

First of all, from the archives, a bit of history on the West Virginia roads, from 30 years ago up to the present.

Well now, here is what the actual PEOPLE who LIVE on these roads are dealing with as of February 27th, 2008.


To be fair, I will say that these pictures were taken over a week ago and the road in question is now MUCH worse, having been made worse in part by the highway department’s scattering of large crushed limestone rock here and there on top of the mud. As of today (Feb. 27) the car-eating potholes are still growing, as are the high centers. Residents are using their cars as grader blades and rollers. Notice there are no ditches. The ditches have not been cleaned out in years, and so the water just runs down the road. By the time the water makes it to the bottom of the hill, it’s running into people’s driveways and thru their yards and cutting out the shoulders of the road. Most of the culverts are doing nothing at all…

The nice man on the phone from Charleston, after agreeing the roads needed work, said they didn’t have enough equipment. “Down to one backhoe”, he said. “Then again, were having trouble getting rock. The supplier’s not keeping up.” And “They have to travel a long distance to get it here”. And of course the weather conditions are hampering them. They have to work “in between snow storms”, and “all the dirt roads in the county are in the same condition”, so “whenever they can work it into their schedule…”

Well, thank heavens. Because they don’t actually USE backhoes to clean out the ditches anyhow… Of course if you are from Up North you realize that DURING the snow storms is WHEN the road crews are usually WORKING…..
Is it possible that the maintainance of these county roads might just fall into the hands of the people who live on them? Just a thought. We can get the gravel out of the creek. Use the farm tractor to ditch and scrape. Everybody chip in. Hey, it’s something for us deformed hillbillies to do to keep us from eatin’ folks…

Published in: on February 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. I have lived all over the US and have never seen a State Road Dept. so incompetent, so uncaring, and so full of excuses, as the one in WV.

    Of course this applies to many other state run depts. as well. What is it going to take for taxpayers–who fund all this nonsense–to say enough is enough? Why do we always settle for so little when the politicians promise so much?

    Citizens need to hold these peoples’ feet to the fire. After all, they are civil servents who are supposed to work for us, and be held accountable to us. Maybe the majority of citizens in WV have a “battered wife” syndrome…they have the ability to explain away a problem, or hope that inexcusable behavior will miraculously change for the better.

  2. Uncaring, yes.Incompetent im not sure would you take a fat salary and do nothing?Lazy,more like it.
    What I wish to comment on is the movie that has upset our governor.Now,I know it was just the way the wind was blowing but I believe the gov. is right to be offended.Most people I know and myself are effected when they leave the state,people look at you like you are a for real”inbred ignorant retard”now I know better and if all of these God like beings in the rest of the country were so smart they would know that ratio of incesteous relationships are higher in most states other than WV. Personally I think we are just smart enouph to know better anyway.
    The question that has consumed my brain all day is this, since this is turning into a pattern, first wrong turn and, who knows what other low budget film. NOW THIS, filmmakers looking for hillbillies (deformed)for yet another insulting picture to the world.YES, I THINK IT IS A PATTERN film makers degrading W.V.a’s citizens. The last I heard,DESCRIMINATION is illegal.Maybe we should sue and get some money for the damn state road!

  3. Yall may not be inbred, but yall still have accents “thicker n horse $#!T.” 😉

  4. dont be hatin on a nigga (s’at better fer ye?)LOL

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