Virginia road repair budget less than half of necessary level

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Transportation is spending $318.3 million on road maintenance this year, which is less than half the state's pavement repair needs.

VDOT estimates the cost of Virginia's current highway pavement maintenance needs at $708.9 million.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that revenue for the state's transportation improvement program declined by $4 billion during the national slowdown.

The primary funding source for the road work is the gas tax. The 17.5-cent-a-gallon tax was enacted in 1987 and has not been increased since.

The condition of the interstate and primary systems falls well short of VDOT's goals for pavement condition, according to a state transportation report.