If at first you don't succeed, try, try again - that's the motto Mercer County, WV officials and the King Coal Highway Commission as they try to secure up to $20 million in federal TIGER IV Grant money.
If received, it would be used to extend the King Coal highway 2.3 miles from US 19 to WV 23. If they receive the $20 million grant, WV will kick in an additional $4 million.
The TIGER IV is a pool of $500 million. Plans are to build this extension as an Interstate grade freeway with the hopes to have the highway one day signed as Interstate 73.
The deadline for final applications for TIGER IV grants is March 19th. There is not a determined date for when they will be awarded.
TIGER funds Federal grant would boost King Coal ---Bluefield Daily Telegraph