Wyoming County man wants answers on Coalfields Expressway progress

West Virginia News

PINEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — Wyoming County Circuit Clerk David “Bugs” Stover is on the hunt for answers regarding the progress on the Coalfields Expressway.

Stover said he is making a journey from McDowell County to Charleston on his own two feet.

“If you want them to actually know you’re coming, if you want them to listen to you, then you do something that the press will cover. And walking is a good way to do it,” Stover said.

This is not the first time Stove has done something like this. He made walking trips in the past to places like Charleston, and was also known to be an avid runner for the longest time. Recently, health conditions have caught up with the aging man, causing him to cut back.

“Lately, I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer run. I fell in a 5K race a few months ago and there’s a reason for that. I went down and it talked me into not running anymore. But I walk all the time,” Stover said.

Stover said counties like Wyoming and McDowell do not have a major four lane highway to bring people to and from the area. Stover said finishing this project would tremendously help those areas.

“It is important that we get this highway built sooner than later, as soon as it can be done. I’m sure the governor knows that, but I’m going to ask him to shake my hand and tell us once again,” Stover said.

Stover will begin his walk Tuesday, September 3, and plans to make it to Charleston the following Monday.

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