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U.S. 35 and the last mile… Final stretch of ‘35’ set to open in August


West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) announced the last stretch of U.S. 35 to be upgraded to four lanes is on track to open to traffic in August. 

According to a news release from WVDOT, “Pending unforeseen delays, the last 15-mile stretch of U.S. 35 between Beech Hill and the Buffalo Bridge is set to open to traffic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the end of August 2021. Gov. Justice approved the final contract for paving on the Roads to Prosperity project in April 2019. This is the last section of the $255 million project from Interstate 64 to the West Virginia/Ohio state line to be upgraded from two to four lanes.” 

“I’m tickled to death to hear this,” Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley said when the announcement broke, though he also admitted the welcome news came as a surprise. 

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