After much talk and hearsay about Southern West Virginia not being included in the $3 Billion Roads To Prosperity Bond Referendum, Governor Jim Justice set the record straight Wednesday night during a Town Hall Meeting in Beckley.
“I’m not going to let southern West Virginia get the short end of the stick,” Justice said. “There’s no way and so there’s all kinds of stuff that’s going to come to Southern West Virginia.We got to finish the Coal Field Expressway, we got to work on the King Coal Highway, we got to absolutely do lots of work within Southern West Virginia because we got roads that you can’t even drive on and they are a hazard to all of us,” Justice said.
Justice told local leaders and people from the community that he hopes they get on board and vote “yes” during the the upcoming election.
“The $64 question is why would you vote “No”? It would be just like walking up and blowing your legs off, this is our last hope,” Justice said. He added that the plans will also bring thousands of construction jobs to help boost the state’s economy.
The referendum includes three types of bond categories: General Election, Turnpike Tolls and Garvey Bonds, According to Transportation Secretary Tom Smith. He said completing the paving of the Coal Fields Expressway was one of the latest projects added to the referendum.
“Given the nature of it we decided just this week that we go ahead and get it in to the general obligation bond so that folks in Southern West Virginia will see clearly there is money flowing in so many different ways to southern west Virginia,” Smith said.
The special election is set for Saturday October 7. Early voting will take place from September 22 – October 4, 2017, in the County Courthouse or Annex.
The last day to register to vote is Monday, September 18, 2017.
For more information on each county’s upgrades visit http://www.governor.wv.gov/Pages/road-bond-referendum.aspx