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Byrd: “Corridor H is my transportation crusade.”

From his hospital bed, West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd continues to secure transportation funding for various West Virginia highway projects. The latest includes another $4.5 million for Corridor H - which will most likely go towards construction of the Bismark to Davis section.

Byrd continues to push for the completion of the controversial Corridor H - even going at odds with the Obama Administration who cut off Corridor H funding in his proposed budget. Byrd in announcing the additional $4.5 million stated that “Corridor H is my transportation crusade.”

In addition to the $4.5 million for Corridor H, Byrd was able to secure:

  • $2 million for the Coalfields Expressway -- This funding would be used for work associated with the Allen Creek to Slab Fork area. To date, Byrd has secured $149.35 million for this project.
  • $2 million for the King Coal Highway -- Funding will be used for construction of an interchange to WV 460 in Mercer County. Byrd has previously secured $124.65 million for this project.
Source: Byrd Continues to Deliver for Safer Transportation Network --The West Virginia State Journal

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Anonymous said…
It is admirable that Senator Robert Byrd states that "Corridor H is my transportation crusade".
There are many "Orphan" roads in West Virginia that are in deplorable condition. These roads are in housing developements where single family homes are located, not just one or two homes, but 30 to 40. It would be wonderful if Senator Byrd would delegate some of the Corridor H funds to these "Orphan Roads" that would serve many families in addition to the many people that use these roads, such as the US Postal service, Fedex, UPS, Newspaper delivery and Waste Management trucks, to mention a few.

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