How happy would you be if your state spent $1.4 billion dollars on the roadways due to poor pavement conditions and safety concerns? Not very happy. According to TRIP, $1.4 billion dollars is estimated to be spent fixing West Virginia’s roads.

Who do you think is paying for this?

West Virginia TRIP Report Synopsis

Motorists who are in the following “urban” areas in West Virginia will be paying vehicle operating costs, congestion and safety costs.

  • Charleston | $1,357 per motorist | 17 percent of urban roads are in poor condition.
  • Huntington | $1,121 per motorist | 16 percent of urban roads are in poor condition.
  • Morgantown | $1,439 per motorist | 47 percent of urban roads are in poor condition.
  • Parkersburg | $1,274 per motorist | 29 percent of urban roads are in poor condition.
  • Wheeling | $,315 per motorist | 37 percent of urban roads are in poor conditions.

People in and around these areas are traveling to and from work, dropping and picking up children from school, visiting friends and much more. They’re driving on poorly maintained roads.

“Statewide, 29 percent of West Virginia’s major roads are in poor condition,” according to TRIP Report.

With the growth of West Virginia residents and its economy, it’s incredibly important to fix and maintain the roadways.

To read the full TRIP Report, click here.

Fixing West Virginia’s Roads Permanently | Pothole Terminator

Many states use a patch to fix potholes. The issue is that these “patches” are not permanent and can come out with the next rain. How do we go about fixing West Virginia’s roads permanently? Meet Pothole Terminator. 

Pothole Terminator is used to repair persistent potholes by completely removing the water-damaged section of road-base (the real cause of pothole formation) and replacing it with Mechanical Concrete®, a patented, geosynthetic technology that confines any crushed stone or aggregate material inside of a thin-walled cylinder made from waste auto tires. This cylindrical confinement dramatically improves the load supporting capacity of the stone, creating a virtually indestructible road base that resists the water generated, pothole failure mechanism.

“Most road surface failures are caused by water penetrating into the compacted base-stone binder causing it to fall apart,” Samuel G. Bonasso said, PE, Fellow of ASCE, developer. “This causes road edge collapse, potholes, ruts and creates safety problems for drivers.”

According to TRIP, for every one dollar spent on road maintenance and repair, $5.20 can be saved, decreasing vehicle maintenance costs, decrease fuel costs, decreased road maintenance and decreased emissions.  

Learn How to Fix a Pothole for $150


About Pothole Terminator’s Inventor | Samuel G. Bonasso

Fixing West Virginia's Roads

Samuel G. Bonasso, P.E., Inventor of Pothole Terminator by Mechanical Concrete® Photo Courtesy of WV Living Magazine

Samuel G. Bonasso is a registered civil engineer, Fellow of the Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers and a career civil engineering consultant. He is an inventor with five U.S. Patents, a writer and an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University. He served publicly as WV Secretary of Transportation and as a Senior Official for the USDOT in Washington, DC.

He discovered Mechanical Concrete® in 2004 and received a U.S. Patent for the technology in 2008. Bonasso developed the idea through the traditional technology development stages of modeling, field tests, lab tests and three full-scale demonstration projects.

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