It’s a road to nowhere. The Coalfields Expressway has been sitting unfinished for nearly a decade, but with a vote on Governor Jim Justice’s Roads to Prosperity bill on the horizon, this old road project could see new life.
“It gives us a chance to diversify, it gives us a chance to keep our kids in school and our college graduates to come home, that’s what this highway means,” Circuit Clerk of Wyoming County, David Bugs Stover, said.
David Combs lives in the Beckley area and drives to Wyoming County everyday for work. He said it takes a while to get there and if there was a better way to get to Wyoming County they’d have better business.
“Anytime you have better roads you have better businesses and more businesses if you can’t get somewhere there’s not going to be businesses to get there.” Combs, said.
55 Million dollars have been set aside for the project, and if the bond passes on October 7th, the section connecting Slab Fork to Mullens could be finished.
Those who live in the county believe they can help West Virginia’s economy grow; but they can’t do it without to pathway to do so.
“We here in the area would love to sell them an honest and good product or service and take the amount of money back that we should and we will help diversify the economy, we need to do that, we will do that a lot easier if this highway gets built.” Stover, said.
Early voting on the bond is set for September 22 – October 4. If passed, funding for the expressway could start in April.