Members of the Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Highway Authority visited Washington, D.C. to discuss progress and timeline for the completion of a project more than 50 years in the making.
Corridor H is the last Appalachian development highway and officials said between 2022 and 2024 the project will be 90 percent complete. Authority Chairman Robbie Morris said as more sections are completed the need to complete the full highway is essential.
“As those traffic counts continue to rise, businesses develop along the path, economic development happens. The sections that are incomplete become more congested and so forth. As we finish up, it is going to become more important for those sections of Corridor H that are incomplete to be completed as soon as possible,” said Morris.
Construction crew members are working on a 7.5 mile stretch from Kerens in Randolph County to Moore, Tucker County and the Roads to Prosperity Bond will let a 3.2 mile section of Corridor H from Weston to Parsons to begin this summer.
Officials said the remaining 10 percent could take 40 years or more to complete due to environmental issues, difficult topography and cost.