WESTON, W.Va. — Area officials say Corridor H is progressing ahead of schedule by as much as three years, and 1.5 more miles of the highway are expected to be open by Thanksgiving.
Tommy Collins, Corridor H coordinator and area engineer, said the 1.5-mile stretch is near the connector to W.Va. 42 and W.Va. 93, which is close to the interchange beyond the Dominion Power Plant in Mount Storm.
Once that segment is open, there will be approximately 4 miles of roadway left to build in that section.
“The major construction activities on this portion are complete as well, and we are optimistic to have it open by the end of the year as well,” Collins said.
“However, realistically, we are looking at early spring. Major factors contributing to not opening this year is that a few of the final activities to complete in this section are weather sensitive,” Collins said.
Robbie Morris, Corridor H Authority president and Randolph County Development Authority executive director, agreed that construction of the highway is ahead of schedule. He credited support from the state Division of Highways, the state Legislature, the governor’s office and federal representatives in advocating different funding mechanisms.
“We’re seeing results from that — sections getting under construction earlier than they were originally scheduled…