Manchin: Corridor “H” funding approved

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Corridor “H”, also known as U.S. Route 48, extends 157 miles from northern Virginia to central West Virginia.

Corridor “H” is part of the Appalachian Regional Development Act of 1965, from Weston, West Virginia to Strasburg or New Market, Virginia via Elkins, the road was to open up commerce to areas of the state that were difficult to access.

West Virginia’s segment crosses some of the most rugged terrain in the eastern United States and crosses two major rivers.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says the Senate Appropriations Committee has released money for the 27-mile segment from Parsons to Davis.

Manchin said,”We got $30 million from this last appropriations committee that goes directly to Corridor H.”

U. S. Senator Shelley Moore-Capito says we need to find the rest of the project.

“Trying to find ways to get more Appallachin Highway Development money back into that project to have it completed, because it’s really the only one on the original drawing board in the 1960’s that has not been fully completed,” Moore-Capito said,”And that will open up north central West Virginia amazingly particularly to the east coast.”

Manchin says once that 27-mile section is complete we’ll begin working with the state of Virginia to get the section completed between the West Virginia state line and Interstate 81.