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August 05, 2002
Gov. Wise Announces Opening of Corridor H Segments

Charleston, W. Va. – Gov. Bob Wise today announced that he would join with Senator Robert C. Byrd, Transportation Secretary Fred VanKirk and other dignitaries on two successive Mondays for ceremonies officially opening segments of Appalachian Corridor H.

A Randolph County ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. August 12 at the intersection of US 33 (Corridor H) and County 7 (Clifton Run Road) will mark the official opening of a 5.48-mile segment between Elkins and Kerens, from County 11 to north of County 7, built under six contracts totaling $87.6 million.

A Hardy County ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. August 19 at the intersection of WV 55 (Corridor H) and County 1 (North River Road) will open a three-mile segment from County 1 to County 23/4, built under two contracts totaling $24.1 million.

"We are very pleased to have additional sections of Corridor H open to travelers," the governor said. "The Corridor H Mediation Agreement, signed in February 2000, has allowed the Division of Highways to proceed with final design, right of way acquisition and construction of identified sections while issues are resolved on other sections. We will continue to move forward with this project to provide a safer route for travelers and the opportunity for increased economic development in the area."

Providing direct access to County 11 (Laurel Mountain Road), County 1 (Gilman Road), County 7 (Clifton Run Road) and US 219 at Kerens, the Randolph County segment will be opened, in case of inclement weather, in the National Guard Armory Drill Hall at 142 Robert E. Lee Extension in Elkins. A reception sponsored by the Corridor H Coalition will follow at the railroad depot at 1 Railroad Avenue in Elkins.

In case of inclement weather on August 19, Moorefield Middle School on WV 55 two miles east of US 220 will be used to open the Hardy County segment, which provides direct access to County 1 (North River Road), County 23/2 (Skaggs Run Road) and County 23/4 (Luxemburg Road).

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