CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today along with federal, state and local leaders announced the completion of the Bismarck to the West Virginia 93 connector at Scherr in Grant County, part of the Appalachian Corridor H highway project.
"The completion of this phase of the Corridor H project marks an exciting time for West Virginians," Gov. Tomblin said. "For almost forty years, this highway project has been recognized as one of the key factors in advancing our state's economic growth in the region. With today's announcement, we also begin construction on a new stretch of road slated to finish next fall. We are confident this project will open the door for new commerce and a wide range of additional economic development opportunities."
This 4.7 mile section of modern highway between Bismarck and the Scherr WV-93 connector comes at a cost of $65 million, and completes the Bismarck to Wardensville section of road, totaling nearly 49 total miles of the Corridor H stretch.
"Opening this section of roadway highlights years of aggressive work by many organizations to finish Corridor H as quickly as possible," said Paul Mattox, secretary of transportation. "The Corridor H project has been around for a long time, but we are continuing to make great progress and hope with this new momentum, we can continue to see good things happen as we bring the last of the unfinished corridor in West Virginia closer to completion."
An additional 16.2 mile section from Davis to Bismarck is currently under construction with a projected completion date of fall 2014. With this phase of the project completed, nearly 108 miles of Corridor H is open or under construction and is over 76% complete.
To date, construction costs have reached $1.45 billion with an estimated cost to complete the Corridor H project at another $1 billion.
Amy Shuler Goodwin