"That could be any number of things like replacing a culvert or resurfacing and repaving and those kind of things, but it will go toward the secondary roads," he said.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had already set aside $18 million in the budget this year for a secondary road renovation program.
"We're still moving forward with that program," Walker said. "This will just allow our maintenance crews to roll over the savings from snow removal and ice control into their maintenance budgets."
To get ready for the renovation program, each district manager in the Division of Highways' 10 districts across the state submitted a priority list for projects they wanted funded this year.
The plan was to spread the money out across each district to fund the highest priority projects with the $18 million available. Then the projects that didn't get funded would move to the top of the list during the next budget year.
Rolling over the funds will now allow the district managers to get to more of those projects this year.
"They're really in control of the roads they would work on," Walker said. "This allows them to just continue to work down their priority list so they can work on additional roads."
The leftover funds could affect several hundred miles of road across the state.
Highways officials usually budget about $100,000 for every mile of paving on secondary roads. That means the leftover funds could benefit some 300 additional miles of roads this year.
That mileage number would drop though, depending on how much of the funds go toward bridge or culvert repair instead of road repaving.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at jared.h...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5148.