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April 23, 2001
WVDOH Receives National Award

Charleston, W. Va. – The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced today it received a national award from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for environmental work on Corridor H.

Federal Highway Administration representatives present the 2001 Environmental Excellence Award to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Michael Baker Jr., Inc. and Charles Ryan Associates.

Pictured left to right:
Vince Schimmoller, Federal Highway Administration; Susan Lavenski, Charles Ryan Associates; Stephen Hinks, Michael Baker Jr., Inc.; Michael K. Wilson, West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways; Cindy Burbank, Federal Highway Administration.

The Division of Highways received the Federal Highway Administration's 2001 Environmental Award in the cultural resources category for the educational tools and web sites based on the Reed Farmstead archaeological dig on Corridor H.

State Highway Engineer Joe Deneault explained when the 200-year old farm was discovered, the Division of Highways wanted to share the process of how the Hardy County family's home would be uncovered and preserved. "We wanted to share this process with the public," Deneault said. " The Reed Farmstead was an amazing discovery and we decided that a video and web sites would be the best way to share this extensive archaeological dig with area residents. As the project progressed, it was clear that this could be an important educational tool for students as well."

An educational video was produced that illustrated the step-by-step process in the identification and preservation procedures taken by WVDOH. The video was shown for 60 days on the Corridor H web site and a videocassette was mailed to every school teaching grades eighth through twelfth in the state.

The WVDOH also developed two web sites based on the project:, that offers the history of the farm and details about the dig, and, which is an interactive site for children.

The award was presented to the WVDOH and to the two consultants, Michael Baker Jr., Inc. and Charles Ryan Associates, working on this project at a ceremony in Washington, D. C. on April 20.

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