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DAVIS, W.Va.  — It’s been called the “Road to Nowhere.” However, Corridor H is going somewhere, according to Stephen Foster, the Chairman of the Corridor H Authority.

“It’s going to be about 75 percent done at the end of this year. They’re working on a stretch right now from Davis and Thomas, WV over to connect that to Mt. Storm or Bismarck. So it will be 75 percent done at the end of this year or the beginning of next year,” stressed Foster.

The project got underway in the 60’s and took off in the 80’s and 90’s thanks to plentiful funding through U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. That money has dried up since the Senator’s death in 2010. Now the Authority is playing the waiting game with the Transportation Trust Fund that was renewed last week by Congress through May of 2015. Foster said it would be much better if lawmakers approved a 6-year plan so that projects could get more than a handful of dollars here and there.

That’s how the project is working right now. Foster said they’re working on a few miles at a time. Currently two projects are left to complete.

“(We have) two parts. One would be connecting Wardensville to the Virginia state line from where Virginia’s part of Corridor H will connect. The other part will be taking it from Kearns, West Virginia, up the mountain, all the way up to the Davis and Thomas area.” according to Foster.

In fact, Corridor H is one of only two along the Appalachian Corridor that are not yet complete. The other is in Tennessee. While some believe masses of money have been wasted on the project, Foster said wait until it’s complete and people will see the real benefit.

“We’ve done studies that show it’s well over a billion dollars of economic impact if we can get the road done by 2020,” Foster explained.

Whether that will happen is still up in the air. Foster said he’ll have a better idea come Monday when they’ll get an update from the Department of Transportation

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Comments

  • Chris

    Fox News won't allow it. I'm a conservative republican, but I hate what Fox is doing to America, and to West Virginia...Imagine that.

  • In da stickes

    Corridor H. Finish it.

  • Fred

    I quit traveling in the Elkins/Mt Storm area after they installed the wind turbines. I think they ruin the views and the natural feeling of the area. I grew up camping and hiking in the state's eastern mountains but now I go to other areas. I can't understand why West Virginians want to destroy the natural beauty of their state.

    • Eric

      I agree that the windmills change the view, but I'd rather these than another fossil fuel power plant spewing garbage into the air along with more strip mines to feed it. So long as we need energy, we have to have something, and if a bunch of windmills can forestall the building of another plant, seems like a decent tradeoff. Just drive up the road a bit and take a look at the strip mines and consider which one damages the view more.

      • lefticy

        So ERIC... You are willing to pay higher electric prices to failed companies that have taken your tax dollars and developed a failed industry... Wind solar are not vialable solutions....BTW all thoses wind generators make power for the Baltimore Washington metro area..

      • rt

        Spent a week at blackwater in late july and traveled by those windmills several times.

        Only once did I see all of them turning and one time only one or two where turning.

        Can't run an industry or a business on unreliable power like that .Besides that coal fired plant can generate many times the power of those windmills day or night rain or shine wind or no wind.

        Stop believing in fairy tales and start living in the real world.

    • Shadow

      You should try the recently opened Corridor H section to Moorefield. It is a beautiful section and worth passing the wind farm.

  • Pete March

    My wife & I live in Barboursville, & travel several times per year to the Eastern Panhandle (Inwood & Gerrardstown) to visit my daughters, grandchildren, & great-grandchild. Corridor H would lesson our travel time & mileage a great deal upon completion, & we pray that we'll actually get to drive this route before becoming too old to do so!!