Give Ohio Valley Voice on Highways

A new Blue Ribbon Highway Commission is being established by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to set priorities for highway and bridge work in West Virginia – and find ways to fund the projects. But in choosing members of the panel, Tomblin effectively will be setting priorities before it ever meets.

It is imperative, then, that the upper Ohio Valley have good representation on the commission.

Finding them should not be difficult. Tomblin can simply seek recommendations from the existing W.Va. Route 2 and Interstate 68 Authority, which has been working for years to prod state officials to upgrade W.Va. 2 and extend I-68 westward.

Both highways are critical to the economic health – and prospects for growth – of this region of the state. W.Va. 2, in fact, could be considered “the Marcellus Highway” because of its importance to the gas industry, as Charles Clements of New Martinsville, chairman of the authority, points out.

As soon as possible, Tomblin should ensure our area’s voice is heard on the new commission.