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Chapter 17     Entire Code


ARTICLE 1. DEFINITIONS.

ARTICLE 2. STATE ROAD COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 2A. WEST VIRGINIA COMMISSIONER OF HIGHWAYS.

ARTICLE 2B. TOLL ROAD STUDY COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 2D. HIGHWAY DESIGN-BUILD PILOT PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 2E. DIG ONCE POLICY.

ARTICLE 3. STATE ROAD FUND.

ARTICLE 3A. INDUSTRIAL ACCESS ROAD FUND.

ARTICLE 4. STATE ROAD SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 4A. COMPLETE STREETS ACT.

ARTICLE 5. STATE CONVICT ROAD FORCE.

ARTICLE 5A. DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES.

ARTICLE 6. LICENSES.

ARTICLE 7. CERTIFICATES OF TITLE.

ARTICLE 8. TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AND LAWS OF THE ROAD.

ARTICLE 9. GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO STATE ROADS, COUNTY-DISTRICT ROADS, STREETS AND ALLEYS, STATE ROAD COMMISSION, COUNTY COURTS AND MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES.

ARTICLE 10. COUNTY COURTS; MUNICIPALITIES; GENERAL AUTHORITY AND DUTIES AS TO ROADS, ETC.

ARTICLE 11. COUNTY AND DISTRICT ROAD FUNDS.

ARTICLE 12. COUNTY-DISTRICT ROADS.

ARTICLE 13. COUNTY ROAD ENGINEER OR SUPERVISOR.

ARTICLE 14. DISTRICT ROAD SUPERINTENDENT.

ARTICLE 15. COUNTY CONVICT ROAD FORCE.

ARTICLE 16. OBSTRUCTIONS.

ARTICLE 16A. WEST VIRGINIA PARKWAYS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 16B. PUBLIC PORT AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 16C. DIVISION OF PUBLIC TRANSIT.

ARTICLE 16D. ELECTRONIC TOLL COLLECTION.

ARTICLE 16E. STATE SAFETY OVERSIGHT PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 17. TOLL BRIDGES.

ARTICLE 17A. CONSTRUCTION FINANCING FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS.

ARTICLE 17B. STATE TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUND PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 18. FERRIES AND WHARVES.

ARTICLE 19. GENERAL CRIMINAL PROVISIONS.

ARTICLE 20. ROADSIDE MEMORIAL MARKERS.

ARTICLE 21. LICENSING OF CHAUFFEURS AND OTHER MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS.

ARTICLE 22. OUTDOOR ADVERTISING.

ARTICLE 23. SALVAGE YARDS.

ARTICLE 24. WASTE TIRE REMEDIATION.

ARTICLE 24A. DISPOSAL OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLES, JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLES, AND ABANDONED OR INOPERATIVE HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES.

ARTICLE 25. THE WEST VIRGINIA INDUSTRIAL ROAD PARTNERSHIP ACT OF 1989.

ARTICLE 26. STATE ROAD BONDS.

ARTICLE 26A. ROADS TO PROSPERITY STATE ROAD BONDS.

ARTICLE 27. PUBLIC-PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES ACT.

ARTICLE 28. WEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT TRANSPORTATION ACT.

ARTICLE 29. TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES.

ARTICLE 2C. ORPHAN ROAD AND BRIDGE ACQUISITION PROGRAM.

§17-2C-1. Establishment of an orphan road and bridge acquisition and maintenance program in all counties; criteria for designation as an orphan road or bridge.

Authority is hereby granted to the West Virginia Division of Highways to establish a program to acquire and maintain roads and bridges which meet the following three criteria: (1) Are in existence as of January 1, 1998; (2) are roads or bridges which the public has a right to use; and (3) are roads or bridges not maintained by any governmental agency. These roads and bridges are herein designated as orphan roads and bridges.

The Legislature hereby finds and declares it to be important for the economic and social development of the state that a program for the identification, acquisition and maintenance of orphan roads and bridges be undertaken by the state. In particular, the Legislature finds and declares that basic maintenance should be performed on orphan roads and bridges to promote the well-being of the public.

§17-2C-2. Development of program; acquisition of rights-of-way.

The West Virginia Division of Highways shall develop an orphan roads and bridges identification, acquisition and maintenance program which shall include all counties. At the discretion of the commissioner of the Division of Highways, existing and temporary employees of the division shall be assigned to locate and designate each orphan road and bridge in each county. These employees shall give to the commissioner of highways, in a form proscribed by him or her, a detailed report on acquisition, status of rights-of-way, and needed maintenance for orphan roads and bridges in each county or highway district. Specific contents of each report shall be designated by the commissioner.

In order for a road or bridge to qualify for inclusion into the state system, all necessary rights-of-way shall be either dedicated or donated to the Division of Highways.

In the event that all property owners do not agree to dedicate or donate the necessary rights-of-way, then any individual, group, business or governmental entity can donate to the state road fund a sum sufficient to cover the expense of acquiring the right-of-way that has not been dedicated or donated. The commissioner may also use any moneys donated to the state road fund specifically for the purposes of acquiring a right-of-way which has not been dedicated or donated.

§17-2C-3. Duties of commissioner with respect to orphan roads and bridges; criteria for inclusion.

After reviewing the reports made to section two of this article, the commissioner will determine whether a specific road or bridge should be added to the state maintenance system. The commissioner shall consider the following criteria in reaching his or her determination: (1) The availability of resources for maintaining the road or bridge; (2) the number of persons served by the road or bridge; (3) the current and anticipated use of the road or bridge; (4) the condition of the road or bridge; (5) the availability and suitability of alternate routes; (6) the suitability for maintenance equipment to access and maintain the road or bridge; (7) the existing design and layout of the road or bridge; and (8) the number of roads and bridges accepted into the maintenance system.

§17-2C-4. Workforce of welfare recipients and citizens' conservation corps participants; division of highways required to furnish maintenance materials.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources shall make available to the division of highways a list of able-bodied welfare recipients who have given permission for their names to be listed as recipients available for work with the Division of Highways, and who are available and able to work a minimum of twenty hours a week at a manual labor job maintaining orphan roads and bridges under the supervision of the district or county highway offices. The commissioner of the Division of Highways may, by contract, employ persons participating in the citizens' conservation corps to maintain orphan roads and bridges. The employment of welfare recipients or workers provided through the citizens' conservation corps to maintain orphan roads and bridges may not be used to displace any Division of Highways employee in the classified civil service, or to reduce classified civil service positions within the division.

The Division of Highways is required to furnish trucks or other proper motor vehicles and gravel or other required materials to be used by the workforce created by this section in the maintenance of the orphan roads and bridges in each district and county.

§17-2C-5. Upgrading of roads and bridges in maintenance system.

Roads and bridges accepted into the maintenance system under the provisions of this article are admitted only for the purposes of maintenance. No upgrading of said roads and bridges is to be undertaken unless otherwise determined by the commissioner of highways.

§17-2C-6. Termination of orphan roads and bridges program; report to the Legislature.

The orphan roads and bridges acquisition and maintenance program established pursuant to this article will terminate on December 31, 2001.

On or before January 30, 1999, and annually thereafter, the commissioner of the Division of Highways shall submit a report to the Legislature which recounts the activities of the program and the roads and bridges which have been accepted into the state maintenance system. The report shall include a breakdown by county of those roads and bridges being maintained, the estimated costs associated with maintenance and any other information the commissioner deems necessary. Before January 30, 2002, the commissioner shall also submit proposed legislation formulating a policy for the designation and acceptance into the state system of orphan roads and bridges in the future.

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