Construction of vital King Coal Highway a priority

An editorial from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph 

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., says a resumption of construction on the long-delayed King Coal Highway project must be a priority for state officials. And we certainly agree with that statement.

With the recent passage of the FAST act by Congress, West Virginia is set to receive $2.5 billion in transportation funding over the next five years. The King Coal Highway project in Mercer County, which has been stalled since 2007, is currently set for a resumption of construction in 2019 as part of West Virginia’s six-year highway plan.

With federal transportation dollars now flowing into West Virginia, we believe it is imperative for construction on the local Interstate 73/74/75 corridor to begin at that time, and preferably much earlier…


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