Hurst called this the "Cadillac" road system.
But since the state doesn't have that kind of money, analysts prioritized highway needs.
If it were to stay within its current budget parameters, the state would spend about $463 million annually on highway improvements and maintenance and another $101 million on bridges.
But analysts projected that if this funding scheme were to continue, the state would see large increases in the number of state roads with deteriorating pavement conditions or congestion.
About 8 percent of state roads currently have bad pavement or congestion. That number could rise to nearly 18 percent by the end of the 25-year period, projections said.
Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Wayne, said voters in his district complain most about bad roads. He said lawmakers must find a way to fund a good road system.
"We have to raise more revenue, like it or not, just to maintain the roads we've got now," Plymale said.
Committee members didn't discuss any specific suggestions for raising revenue. They just focused on what projected costs of needed maintenance and construction costs will be.
The Blue Ribbon Commission was originally tasked with coming up with a comprehensive plan to operate and fund the state's highway system to present to lawmakers by Feb. 1.
Pizatella said governor now plans to extend that deadline to May 1 so commission members can spend more time forming that plan.
He said officials also plan to hold public hearings on the plan next year.
Pizatella said Tomblin wants to make sure the state has a highway system that is safe and efficient and meets residents' needs.
"That's why the governor created this - he's serious about it," Pizatella said. "He wants to make highways and infrastructure one of his legacies over the next four years to get this system where we need to get it."
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