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Retirement Good News for Corridor H

December 18, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A Virginia congressman's decision to retire may eliminate a major roadblock in the way of completing a highway that would be an enormous boost to West Virginia's economy.

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year. Wolf has been an opponent of Corridor H, the interstate highway that, if completed, would make it much easier for tourists to visit West Virginia's most scenic region - and to ship goods out of that area.

Corridor H's western terminus is Interstate 79 near Weston. Much of the highway has been finished through West Virginia's Potomac Highlands. But completion is not scheduled until 2034.

Original plans were for Corridor H to connect with Interstate 81 in Virginia. But Wolf has been an opponent of the project in general - and vowed he would do all in his power to keep it from connecting with I-81.

Wolf's retirement may eliminate that obstacle, obviously a serious one. It also may make it possible to obtain federal funds to move up the completion date. West Virginia's delegation in Congress should attempt to do so.

 
 

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