DAVIS, W.Va. — Dignitaries dodged heavy equipment just to get to the ceremony Monday to break ground on another stretch of the Corridor H highway. The construction delay normally would be frustrating, but to Steve Foster, chairman of the Corridor H Authority, the delay was sweet music.

“In order to get here you had to cross construction of Corridor H right outside the gates here at the Canaan Valley Institute,” he said. “You can actually see the heavy equipment moving dirt.”

The most recent contract on the long sought highway is a stretch to connect Davis in Tucker County to Scherr in Grant County. Foster said Marvin Murphy with the state Division of Highways indicated during the ceremony three more projects are ready for bidding on the road.

“Once those three are constructed, we’re down to 16 miles to be constructed in West Virginia,” Foster said.

The projected completion date for the highway is 2034. The highway was first discussed in 1962. Foster said that’s long enough and the time-line for completion needs to be moved up. His organization will hire a professional economist to study the impact of completing the road by 2020 instead of 2034.

“We’re going to do an economic impact study,” he said.”I’ve got to believe the numbers are going to be staggering.”

Foster said already the impact of the road in areas where it is finished is begin enjoyed and traffic numbers increase every year as more and more motorists discover a new route across the mountains in West Virginia’s highlands.  But the discussion ultimately comes down to funding.

“The ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission), which is the people who monitor this highway fund, is absolutely behind us,” he said. “This is one of the last corridors to be completed in the whole Appalachian Corridor system.”

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Comments

  • AX MAN

    Lot of Dem's out with shovels, must be trying to cover their mistakes, bring the camera's and Dem's will come, where is Joe, O I forgot he is working for Bloomberg, on the new York gun law.

  • salt life 66

    BUILD IT !!!!! BY 2020 !!!!!!!!

  • Fishermans blues

    So long as money is going toward the Coalfield Expressway at the expense of other, more deserving needs, there's no hope for WV's transportation needs being met.

  • Larry

    Boondoggle!

  • Kenneth H, Dice

    Finishing Corridor H is a wise decision,for economic growth of our State.This Highway helps commercial travel save both time and money in fuel,plus saves miles in travels for local people,attracks Businesses into our State.provides many jobs for locals that is much needed.,plus providing some of the most beautiful scenery of any highway i can recall seeing.

  • wvrocks

    Question... Why is there a "Corrider H Authority", who are they, what do they do, and how much taxpayer money is being wasted on their salaries or stipends???

  • Steven

    Obama needs to set aside special appropriations for Corridor H..this is a national designated emergency evacuation highway for DC

    It's only been under construction since Eleanor Roosevelt was roaming around in her built towns in WV.

  • IRON HORSE

    GRANT COUNTY HAS NO WORK & NO JOBS ON THE WAY!!! HARDY COUNTY JOBS ARE DROPPING WITH THE CLOSING OF 2 CABINET PLANTS!!! GAS IS WAY TO HIGH IN OUR AREA COMPAIRED TO OTHER SMALL TOWNS. SO MANY HAVE TO DRIVE TO VA TO WORK CORRIDOR H NEEDS FINISHED!!!!

  • Mark

    Dan, I drive chicken truck in Hardy county. 60+ live chicken hauling trucks on one shift alone. Or 40-60 processed chicken trucks, 20-25 protein conversion (dog&cat food)trucks, 20+ liquid protein conversion trucks, 50+ mulch & log trucks, American Woodmark cabinet trucks, and countless other over the road trucks. Not to mention the one to three deaths each year on old Rt.55. Only two deaths in the past 5 years on the corridor. Both fell asleep.

  • RNP

    WV native of Tucker County and AF retiree. Love the to Wardensville to Scherr portion. It has cut our trip home down by over 1 hour. Build the portion from Davis to Parsons as a super 2.

  • Tag

    Beautiful road, but it should have been a super 2 lane. The cost could have been cut significantly.

  • Dan

    WV should've just kept adding on parts from Kerens instead of first building sections in Hardy County.

    • Roy Lester Shears II

      In order to keep the highway alive they had no choice but to start building the road in Hardy and Grant counties. There was to many enviromental issues from Kerens to Davis.

  • Chris

    Build remaining sections a toll road. Use the EZ pass or other electronic system. That's how they fund certain highways in Texas, and how they get them built quickly.

    An advantage of a toll road is that those who wish to use it pay for it, and those who don't want it and don't use it, don't have to pay for it.

  • Cynthia Berg

    Three cheers for Corridor H! I travel it quite often...I live in Grant County and Corridor H has been an opening for safer travel in our area.

  • GF

    Road over mountain at Scherr is nearly done, Cheat Mt. and Parsons section will be the expensive section yet to be built.