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W.Va. gov to announce plan to repair secondary roads

FILE -In this Tuesday June 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, gestures during an interview at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed his hotel for business and opened it as a free shelter after the June 23 floods that killed 23 people, including 15 in Greenbrier County. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice is set to announce a plan to speed up repairs on secondary roads in West Virginia.
The Republican governor is scheduled to lay out his plan Wednesday, just days after firing his transportation secretary.
Justice says secondary roads aren’t being addressed with the necessary urgency.
On Sunday, Justice announced the firing of state transportation secretary and highways commissioner Tom Smith in a brief statement. Justice called for the department to “return to the core mission of maintaining the quality of our secondary roads and bridges.”
Voters in 2017 passed a referendum for the state to sell $1.6 billion in bonds to finance state road repairs and construction. Justice has proposed steering road bond money meant for major projects toward repairing secondary roads.