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May 31, 2000
Governor Underwood and Senator Byrd Break Ground on Corridor H Project

MOOREFIELD, WEST VIRGINIA -- Gov. Cecil H. Underwood and U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) broke ground today on the Moorefield to Baker section of the Corridor H Highway during a celebration, which hosted nearly 1,000 supporters.

The governor and senator joined local, state and federal officials in thanking the enthusiastic crowd for their dedication and leadership in the completion of Corridor H.

"People have been talking about building Corridor H in this region for a very long time, and today we move from talking about it to doing it," Gov. Underwood said.

"As a governor with four decades of commitment to a highway through this region, I will move aggressively to complete each section of the four-lane Corridor H as soon as we are legally permitted and financially able to do so," the governor continued. "That is not just a promise; it is a reality."

Senator Byrd commented that progress that will come with the highway is not something to be feared, but something that can be managed to meet the demands and desires of West Virginians.

"Corridor H is an import route – not an export route. It is a passageway for opportunity. It is an avenue for a broader economy," the Senator noted.

"For too long, we have been a state divided over the future of this road. It is time to mend our fences and get on with the business of building a better future for our state and our nation," Senator Byrd continued.

For more information on the Corridor H project please log onto the West Virginia Department of Transportation?s Corridor H web site at www.wvcorridorh.com.



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