New Section of Corridor H Opens to Drivers


Local leaders on Thursday celebrated the opening of the 4.4 mile section of Corridor H, between the Bismarck and the Tucker County line, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, along with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, representatives for Senators Manchin and Capito, and Federal Highway Administration, West Virginia Division Administrator Tom Smith, attended the event.

“Completing Corridor H has been a work in progress for a number of years, and I’m pleased we are able to announce work on an additional stretch of roadway to bring this project one-step closer to completion,” Gov. Tomblin said, “These continued efforts are made possible through public-private partnerships that not only save taxpayers’ dollars, but help to speed up construction and spur economic growth. By investing in our infrastructure, we have the potential to impact both our state and local economies. I look forward to announcing the bidding process for this new stretch of road in a few weeks.”

There are plans to put in an additional 7.5 mile stretch of the Appalachian Corridor H project out to bid in the coming weeks. This will be a new stretch of the 4 lane highway, which will go from Kerens and half way up to Parsons. With this opening, 91 miles of the approximately 132 total miles of Corridor H is open to traffic; 69 percent of the total Corridor H is complete in West Virginia. 

When Corridor H is completed, it will connect Interstate 79 near Weston, with the junction of Interstate 81 and 66 in Front Royal, Va. 

“Opening another 4.4 miles and beginning the process for a new section of roadway, highlight years of aggressive work by many organizations to finish Corridor H as quickly as possible,” said Mattox.

“The Corridor H project has been around for a long time, but we are continuing to make great progress and hope with this new momentum, we can continue to see good things happen as we bring the last of the unfinished corridor in West Virginia closer to completion. 

Construction on the new section of highway is expected to begin in the spring of 2016.

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