10 25 12 Corridor H Opens New Section to Traffic

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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The newest section of Corridor H opened to traffic this week between Knobley Road and Scherr in Grant County.  Construction continues on the miles of highway toward Davis, West Virginia – which will make Corridor H 75 percent complete within the state.

“This is one of many small sections of Corridor H that will be opening over the coming months,” said Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Highway Authority Chairman Steve Foster.  “The economic benefits of this highway will be in the billions and affect the lives of tens of thousands of people when it is completed.”

The last remaining sections to be built in West Virginia will be between Davis and Kerens in Randolph County – and a small section to the Virginia border.

“In July, the Virginia Port Authority educated exporters about the connection of Corridor H to the Virginia Port System at Front Royal, Virginia and then by rail to Norfolk,” continued Foster.  “And with Norfolk being the only deep water port that Asian ships passing through the newly enlarged Panama Canal will be able to dock, we will see huge benefits for exporting West Virginia goods.”

Corridor H is one of many highways within the Appalachian Development Highway System launched in the 1960s.

Earlier this year, Congress passed a surface transportation bill that forces each state within the Appalachian Development Highway System to make plans known within one year for the remaining roads to be built within the system.  Corridor H was also made a national priority in the same piece of legislation and the funding formula for construction was changed from 80% federal and 20 percent state to 100 percent  federal funds.

 

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