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Corridor H’s path through Tucker to be event’s subject

DAVIS — The state will offer an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide input on the Parsons to Davis section of Corridor H construction, the proposed path of which has been objected to by some Tucker County business owners.

The West Virginia Division of Highways will hold the Public Informational Workshop for the Corridor H Parsons to Davis Project from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at the Blackwater Falls State Park Conference Room in Davis.

No formal presentation will be made during the meeting. The public will be given the opportunity to ask questions and submit written comments on the project. A handout with project details will be available at the meeting and on the WVDOH website.

The Corridor H Parsons to Davis Project involves the construction of an approximately 10-mile new location, four-lane, divided highway, with partial control of access.

Those wishing to file written comments after the meeting may send them to Travis Long, director, Technical Support Division, West Virginia Division of Highways, 1334 Smith Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25301 on or before Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Comments may also be submitted digitally through the WVDOH commenting website: http://go.wv.gov/dotcomment.

An online petition asking that the path of the Corridor H highway through Tucker County be changed to an alternative “northern route” has been signed by more than 2,000 individuals.

The alternative route is also being supported by a total of 27 businesses in Davis and 24 in Thomas, a “substantial majority,” according to a press release from a “Business Coalition for a Better Route for Corridor H.”

The DOH plans to construct a large bridge as part of the Parsons to Davis stretch of Corridor H. The alternative “northern route” would run east and north of the town of Thomas, which advocates say would preserve the “attractive rural and historic character” of Thomas and Davis, according to the release.

DOH officials have said Gov. Jim Justice wants Corridor H construction between Kerens in Randolph County and Parsons in Tucker County to be completed by the end of 2024 or early in 2025.

They added that Justice considers it a priority to have the stretch between Parsons and Davis, and a stretch from Wardensville to the Virginia border, under construction, if not finished, by the end of 2024.

Officials noted that designers are aware of the issues involved in the Parsons to Davis stretch, and are working to make sure Blackwater Falls State Park and other popular locations will not be affected by the new construction.

The Parsons to Davis portion of Corridor H is one of the final pieces of the Corridor H four-lane highway project, which stretches from Weston across central West Virginia, to eventually link up with Interstate 81 in Strasburg, Virginia. Construction is expected to start in 2024.

Another major portion of the highway between Kerens and Parsons is expected to be completed in 2024. That would complete the highway’s construction all the way from Weston, where it connects with Interstate 79, to Parsons.

An earlier public meeting, on Aug, 18, focused on an unfinished section of Corridor H from Wardensville to the Virginia line.

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