CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has called a special session of the Legislature aimed at allocating federal COVID-19 relief funding and increasing funds for road improvements.
Justice announced that the session will begin Monday at noon. Lawmakers were already scheduled to be in Charleston for June committee meetings, he said.
The legislature will consider allocating federal relief funds to the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Department of Education, Justice said in a statement. The funding was received after the end of the regular legislative session, he said.
He also wants lawmakers to consider allocating $150 million from the state's general fund to the Division of Highways for road projects.
Justice said it would fund 702 miles of road paving and projects on 40 bridges across all 55 counties.
West Virginia’s aging infrastructure often receives a failing grade. Voters approved a $1.6 billion bond measure called Roads to Prosperity in 2017 that the governor championed to improve public works.