As I noted earlier, I had to take a trip from Pennsylvania to the Bluegrass State. One thing I noticed was that Kentucky and West Virginia had done a fine job taking care of the roads. The only roads I traveled in West Virginia were Interstates 68, 79 and 64, but all were in good shape, with the exception of a bit on I-79. However, the state has been working on I-79, and it was obvious that the sections in the poorer shape were simply next on the list for repair and repavement.
In Kentucky, Interstate 64 was in very good shape. There was one section between Louisville and Lexington that was next on the list for repavement, but it was still in decent shape. Another fairly short section between Morehead and Ashland looked like it would be repaved in a year or two, but most of the road was in top condition. US 60 between Frankfort and Lexington was in excellent shape, as was the section of the Mountain Parkway I used, between Winchester and Clay City. State highways 15 and 82 were well maintained, and a local road, Miller Creek Road — which runs in front of the farm I bought — had been repaved in August of 2014.
State gasoline taxes in West Virginia, not including the 18.4¢ per gallon federal tax, total 33.2¢ per gallon. In Kentucky, total state gasoline taxes are 26.0¢ per gallon.
Meanwhile, back in Pennsylvania, state gasoline taxes are 50.4¢ per gallon, and our roads here can best be described by the vulgar slang term for feces.
I have said it before: I do not object to gasoline taxes, because they are meant for building and maintenance if our streets and roads; fuel taxes are reasonably related to the use of the money raised. But I have to ask why our fuel taxes are so high, while our roads are in such poor shape. US 209 had a small section repaved in 2009, not with the fuel taxes, but as part of the 2009 stimulus bill; the rest of the road is getting in sad shape. State road 249 is showing significant wear, and PennDOT has been responding with a few patches. The local street on which I live needed to be repaved five years ago. Yet Pennsylvanians are paying through the nose due to fuel taxes, and getting very little to show for their tax dollars.
Locally, gasoline is running about $1.979 per gallon; I saw stations in Kentucky advertising unleaded gasoline for $1.499 per gallon.