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Old 08-03-2009, 05:24 PM
Location: Huntington, WV
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New Highways Will Improve Access to Southern, Western W.Va. - WOWK-TV - WOWKTV.com (http://www.wowktv.com/story.cfm?func=viewstory&storyid=63902 - broken link)

"Plans call to significantly upgrade the country roads of southern West Virginia, but several of the projects have been in the planning stages for more than a decade.
With the acquisition of funds and completion of major construction projects, such as the King Coal Highway, the Coalfields Expressway and the Tolsia Highway, the region would have more than 270 miles of improved roads at a price tag of $4.4 billion, according to statistics provided by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Upon completion, motorists would be able to travel 163 miles of four-lane roads from Huntington to Bluefield via the Tolsia Highway and the King Coal Highway. Likewise, the Coalfield Expressway will be a 65-mile, four-lane roadway connecting the Beckley area with Grundy, Va.

Severe flooding in May led to several mudslides and resulted in significant damage to multiple roadways in the southern part of the state. The DOT has awarded 24 contracts totaling more than $20 million, including nine contracts in Wyoming County, five in Mingo and Mercer counties and four in McDowell. Four more contracts will be awarded soon, according to DOT spokesman Brent Walker.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also reported forwarding $11.5 million to the Mountain State for housing assistance, while the Small Business Administration has approved $4.2 million in loans related to the May flooding."

I personally can't wait for I-73/74 to be finished, although I know I'll likely be very old when it is. Having a straight shot to Cincinnati, Columbus and Charlotte from Huntington will be nice.
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Old 08-04-2009, 01:09 PM
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yep. these are long overdue for WV and the states they will connect to.
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