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Group in Bluefield asks Congressmen for funding for King Coal Highway

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A group from the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce is leaving Tuesday morning for Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressmen.

It's their annual trip to ask for funding to continue building the King Coal Highway throughout West Virginia.

Once completed, the King Coal Highway will stretch from Myrtle Beach to Michigan.

"Our ultimate goal is to build a modern 4-lane highway from Bluefield to Huntington throughout the southern counties of West Virginia," said Marc Meachum, CEO of Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce.

Meachum said just a 2 1/2 mile stretch requires almost $70 million to build. The entire segment in West Virginia could be constructed with upwards of a billion dollars.