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Gov. Justice to visit Clarksburg area Thursday; event open to public


The Exponent Telegram

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice will be in Bridgeport at noon Thursday to promote his road-building initiative.

Justice will speak at the West Virginia Division of Highways District 4 headquarters about “specific road and bridge projects” that will be included in the “Jim’s Promise Program,” according to the governor’s office.

Gov. Jim Justice
(AP file photo)

Accompanied by Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith, Justice will also visit Hurricane at 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Thursday’s events are part of Justice’s efforts to promote his infrastructure initiative before bidding begins for contractors to handle repair and improvement projects across the state.

The projects will “fix the state’s roads and bring tens of thousands of jobs to the Mountain State,” Justice said.

Ron Watson, president of the Harrison County Commission, said he looks forward to learning about how the road’s program will benefit the area.

“I think it is a good sign anytime the governor makes a public appearance in anybody’s community,” he said, “particularly since highways have been a big issue and the potholes and all of that. I believe he’ll share what his vision and plans are and maybe what the DOH has planned particularly for our North Central West Virginia area.”

Clarksburg Mayor Cathy Goings said she hopes to have an opportunity to speak with Justice during his visit.

“I am actually hoping that the city manager and I can get 5 minutes of his time,” she said, “to see if there are any funding opportunities for us to redo the bridge at the West End.”

The bridge, which is owned by the state, needs repairs and new lighting, Goings said.

Both of Thursday’s events are open to the public.

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