WASHINGTON – Sens. Joe Manchin, D–W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R–W.Va., along with Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va, have announced additional funding for Corridor H.
Manchin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, explained the $12 million is through the U.S. Department of Transportation Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grant program, and it will help complete the section of Corridor H from Kerens to Parsons. The funding marks nearly $150 million in federal funding for Corridor H since 2018, according to a press release. The most recent funding will go toward 3.1 miles of construction, Rep. Mooney’s office said.
“Today I spoke with DOT Secretary Chao and I am proud to announce $12 million to help complete Corridor H. I am grateful for Secretary Chao’s continued assistance to West Virginia and in particular the Corridor H project. I also want to congratulate the WV Department of Transportation for their continued efforts to finish Corridor H. The INFRA Grant program received more than 172 applications totaling over $7.2 billion in requests for a program funded at $906 million. It is a testament to the importance of completing Corridor H that WV received $12 million of those funds from DOT. When completed, Corridor H will be the economic gateway to much of West Virginia, which is why I worked hard as Governor to open more than half of Corridor H and as Senator, I will continue to fight for West Virginia to receive the funding to complete Corridor H.”Sen. Joe Manchin
Capito, chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, also released a statement on the funding.
“I am very pleased to see this funding coming to support West Virginia’s infrastructure and Corridor H. In February, I wrote a letter to Secretary Chao in support of the West Virginia Divisions of Highway’s application for this funding and am pleased to announce they will be receiving the full amount requested. The mountainous terrain of our state creates challenges as we construct additional infrastructure, but this federal support will allow for the completion of an existing project along Corridor H in Tucker County, easing the transportation of people and goods from all across the mid-Atlantic region. Secretary Chao and I spoke personally about this project today, and I am thrilled for the positive impact it will have back home.”Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
Congressman Mooney has relayed the importance of Corridor H personally to President Donald Trump and Secretary Elaine Chao, he said.
“I’m pleased this important Department of Transportation grant will fund infrastructure improvements on Corridor H. This is great news for the people of West Virginia, as this essential project will help create jobs and fuel our economy. I will continue to work with federal, state and local officials to ensure Corridor H funding remains a priority.”Rep. Alex Mooney
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, R-W.Va., also issued a statement following the announcement:
“The funding announced today is exactly the kind of boost we need for a project that is going to change the landscape of our state forever, and so this is a really proud day for all West Virginians. There are thousands of roads that we’re upgrading under my watch. But I’ve said over and over that Corridor H is absolutely the number one beacon that can bring the most goodness to West Virginia. The construction of Corridor H is going to bring us jobs, but that’s just the start of what this project will do for our state. When all is said and done, this project is going to connect us to the entire northeast corridor, it’s going to bring us all kinds of exposure, and bring people and businesses into West Virginia like never before. I want to especially thank Senators Capito and Manchin for their support of this grant award, and also Representatives McKinley and Mooney for their work securing these crucial dollars.”Gov. Jim Justice
Corridor H Authority President Robbie Morris said any money from outside of the state’s budget goes a long way to supporting efforts to see the project done as soon as possible.
“There’s a lot more that just this money, and any special appropriation or grant received for Corridor H is money that the state itself isn’t having to put in, and helps to get this thing finished up,” said Morris.