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Old 08-14-2012, 02:19 PM
 
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So this will probably cause another fight about who needs new roads, where, and when, but I don't care. IMO, within the next few years, we'll be arguing about actual progress, so I can live with that.

Blue Ribbon Panel To Study Highway Needs

In short, this is a new commission looking at any and every alternative form of funding for state road maintenance and new highway construction. It will seek input from legislators, businesses, and the general public. Other states have similar commissions/agencies (I know of Arkansas for sure, which brought up the idea at the recent Southern Legislators Conference in Charleston) and have proved quite fruitful.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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So this will probably cause another fight about who needs new roads, where, and when, but I don't care. IMO, within the next few years, we'll be arguing about actual progress, so I can live with that.

Blue Ribbon Panel To Study Highway Needs

In short, this is a new commission looking at any and every alternative form of funding for state road maintenance and new highway construction. It will seek input from legislators, businesses, and the general public. Other states have similar commissions/agencies (I know of Arkansas for sure, which brought up the idea at the recent Southern Legislators Conference in Charleston) and have proved quite fruitful.
There doesn't need to be a commission. It is obvious where the funding needs and should go. It isn't because the area is deposed by certain areas of the state. I'm not dropping names to avoid an argument.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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There doesn't need to be a commission. It is obvious where the funding needs and should go. It isn't because the area is deposed by certain areas of the state. I'm not dropping names to avoid an argument.
I'm not sure what you're referring to...
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you're referring to...
There is an area of the state that needs improved infrastructure and isn't getting it.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:10 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you're referring to...
You wouldn't be sure... you're a Pittsburgh guy.
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:11 PM
 
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There is an area of the state that needs improved infrastructure and isn't getting it.
It isn't even close. Our area definitely has the most immediate need, and that is nothing against anyone else. We have always had less attention when we needed it, and the need has never been greater than now.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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Well, if it helps, CT, Bob Beech (Sen. from Mon County) is on the panel. Then again, so are legislators from Fayette, Wayne, and Lincoln Counties. Beyond that, though, the 24-member panel includes representatives from the state Department of Transportation and Department of Commerce, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and state AFL-CIO, the state Business and Industry Council, the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation of West Virginia, the West Virginia Municipal League, the West Virginia Trucking Association, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the state Hospitality and Travel Association, the Contractors Association of West Virginia and the American Council of Engineering Companies of West Virginia, and one citizen member from each congressional district (per Charleston Gazette).
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:29 AM
 
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Bob Beech is a good man. I'm glad we have him in the legislature. It looks to me like that is a very large panel. I hope it is able to function. I would like to see them finish Corridor H and make some improvements in Rt. 10 and Rt. 52 in the SW part of the state. Both of those roads are scary to drive.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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The panel is too large for any meaningful recommendations to emerge.
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:58 PM
 
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Bob Beech is a good man. I'm glad we have him in the legislature. It looks to me like that is a very large panel. I hope it is able to function. I would like to see them finish Corridor H and make some improvements in Rt. 10 and Rt. 52 in the SW part of the state. Both of those roads are scary to drive.
Beech is surrounded by pork king Plymale and the three stooges from the Administration. He has an uphill battle from the beginning.
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