West Virginia has spent more than $4 million cleaning up state roads in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and officials expect that number to climb to $6 million by the time cleanup is finished.
While the storm closed several state highways with snow and downed trees and power lines, Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox said all but a handful were reopened by Monday morning.
"A week later, we're pretty much through this thing," Mattox said. "We're in really good shape right now and we've made a lot of progress."
The storm caused the closure of portions of Interstate 68 and U.S. 219 and 250. All primary roads were reopened by the end of last week.
Only 16 secondary rural roads remained closed Monday morning, mostly due to down trees and lines. That included six in Randolph County, four in Tucker, one in Upshur, two in Roane and two in Kanawha.
Mattox said officials are working with utility companies to get the lines and trees off the roads.
Transportation officials estimate the state's cleanup costs will hit $6 million.
That's significantly less than the $14 million spent following the June 29 derecho. The Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursed the Department of Transportation for nearly $11 million.
Mattox said FEMA officials are beginning to make damage assessments in the affected counties. Mattox expects FEMA again will pick up most of the costs.
Unlike the derecho, Sandy's wrath seemed to be concentrated in one particular region of the state.
"This was pretty much contained to the mountain counties," he said.
That allowed the Division of Highways to transfer crews and equipment from less affected areas to the hardest-hit ones.
The derecho, on the other hand, caused damage across all 10 Division of Highways districts, making it difficult to transfer resources.