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December 4, 2000
Baker to Wardensville Section of Corridor H Moving Forward

Charleston, W.Va. – Gov. Cecil H. Underwood announced today that the Baker to Wardensville section of Corridor H can move forward now that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for that portion of the highway project.

The ROD was signed in accordance with the Settlement Agreement approved in February by Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

"Our negotiated agreement allows DOH to move forward with individual segments of Corridor H, and, as a result, we are able to move forward with this key section of the project," Gov. Underwood said. "Because of our negotiated settlement, we can and will move toward construction of segments of Corridor H as records of decision are issued on any of the nine sections of the overall highway."

FHWA issues records of decision when specific requirements have been met for environmental and historic preservation regulations.

"Because FHWA has signed the ROD on the Baker to Wardensville section, DOH can now proceed with the final design and right-of-way acquisitions for this section of Corridor H," the governor added. "Then construction of six more projects within that segment of the highway can proceed in the spring."

Gov. Underwood explained that once construction begins on the seven-mile Baker to Wardensville section, approximately one-third of Corridor H will be under construction. Construction already is under way on nine miles of the highway between Elkins and Kerens and 14 miles from Moorefield to Baker. "With final design and right-of-way acquisition beginning on this section of Corridor H, we are one step closer to completion and that much closer to fulfilling the promise of three decades to West Virginians living in this vibrant part of our state," Gov. Underwood concluded.

More information is available on WVDOH's Web site dedicated to Corridor H at www.wvcorridorh.com.


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