Justice to Create Task Force for Road Projects

Justice made the remarks during a press conference Monday morning at the state Capitol in Charleston. The $1.6 billion in road bonds will be used to begin or complete about 600 infrastructure projects throughout the state, and proponents have said those projects will generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue in addition to repairing roads and bridges throughout West Virginia.

Voters Saturday approved the road bonds 73 percent to 27 percent.

“Saturday night for West Virginia may be the first time in its existence it tasted winning, and it tastes good,” Justice said. “We’ve been conditioned to taste losing, but this is an opportunity for jobs, an opportunity for revenue, an opportunity to bring people to our state. That’s what winning tastes like.”

Justice called the win “historic” and said in many counties the bond passed by greater than 73 percent, including McDowell County which saw an approval rate of 94 percent.

Justice, however, did not mention the dismally low voter turnout, which showed only about 10 percent of West Virginia voters came to the polls. In some areas of the state, voter turnout was less than 2 percent.