NITRO, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito held a press conference at the UPS Terminal in Nitro today where she highlighted the Senate’s passage of a six-year transportation funding bill, known as the DRIVE Act, which is needed to fix West Virginia’s crumbling roads, bridges and highways, improve traveler safety and move goods throughout the state. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider this bill in September following the August recess.
“Last Thursday, the Senate passed a six-year transportation funding bill, giving state and local governments the certainty, flexibility and stability they need to improve and develop our nation’s transportation infrastructure. West Virginians rely heavily on roads, bridges and highways to fuel our economy, to access hard to reach areas in our state, to get to and from work and to transport necessary goods and services,” said Senator Capito. “With nearly one-third of our state’s major roads currently in poor condition, we urgently need a long-term transportation funding bill. Now that the Senate has come together to pass a multi-year highway bill, it is time for the House to do the same. The DRIVE Act provides the House with a good starting point for a multi-year solution.”