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Grant County section of Corridor H project completed

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined other federal, state and local leaders Friday to announce another piece of the puzzle in the Corridor H project completed in Grant County.

The project will connect Bismarck at W.Va. 93 to part of the Appalachian Corridor H highway project. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was also in the Mountain State for the announcement.

The 4.7-mile section of modern highway between Bismarck and the Scherr W.Va. 93 connection comes at $65 million and completed the Bismarck to Wardensville section of the road project, officials said.

This section total 49 miles of the corridor stretch.

"The completion of this phase of the Corridor H project marks an exciting time for West Virginians," Tomblin said. "For almost 40 years, this highway project has been recognized as one of the key factors in advancing our state's economic growth in the region."

To date, construction costs for the project have reached $1.45 billion with an estimated $1 billion yet to be completed by the fall of 2014.

"With today's announcement, we also begin construction on a new stretch of road slated to finish next fall," Tomblin added. "We are confident this project will open the door for new commerce and a wide range of additional economic development opportunities."

Paul Mattox, secretary of transportation for the West Virginia Department of Highways said the opening of the roadway highlights years of aggressive work by many organizations to finish the project.

"The Corridor H project has been around for a long time, but we are continuing to make great progress and hope with this new momentum, we can continue to see good things happen as we bring the last of the unfinished corridor in West Virginia closer to completion," he said Friday.

With the completion of this phase in Grant County, nearly 108 miles of Corridor H are open or under construction and over 76 percent complete.