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UPDATE: Ribbon Cutting Held For Newest Section of Corridor H Highway

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Update

A ribbon cutting was held today for the newest section of Corridor H.

Officials gathered in Grant County, east of Tucker County for the ceremony.

The newest stretch of road spans nearly five miles and completes a larger section of road stretching 49 miles.

Officials say the road showcases the state's beauty and offers safer passage.

Corridor H should be 87-percent complete in three years.


Original story

The Appalachian Development Highway System Completion Plan Report targets 2026 for completion of more than 14 miles of highway that will run from the state line to Interstate 81 at Strasburg, Va.

Construction has been active on Corridor H during the past three years.

The opening of the latest section is scheduled for Friday at 12:30 p.m. opening the Bismarck Connector to the Scherr Connector, adding 4.7 miles to the highway. The celebration will take place at a scenic overlook on the new road, two miles west of the WV 93 Connector at Scherr.

"Opening this section of roadway highlights years of aggressive work by many organizations to finish Corridor H as quickly as possible," said Secretary Mattox. Since 2010, approximately 50 miles have been opened to traffic thanks to the leadership and support of the late Senator Byrd, Governor Tomblin, Senators Rockefeller and Manchin, and Congresswoman Capito. I am proud to join them to celebrate this great achievement for the citizens of the Potomac Highlands and the State of West Virginia."

The 4.7 mile section between Bismarck and the Scherr WV 93 Connector comes at a cost of $65 million, and makes complete, the Bismarck to Wardensville section, totaling nearly 49 miles. A 16.2 mile section from Davis to Bismarck is currently under construction, with a Fall 2014/2015 completion date, bringing the total mileage of Corridor H open or under construction to nearly 108 miles, or over 76% completed.