§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 the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-eight; (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