Those favoring alternative northern route benefit from effort by appalachian mountain advocates to extend comment time
Update, Dec. 14: The State of West Virginia has extended the Comment Period on this project until Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.. You may comment online or in writing. Those wishing to file written comments may sent them to:
Mr. Travis Long, Director
Technical Support Division
West Virginia Division of Highways
1334 Smith Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
DAVIS, W.Va. — Today is the last day for citizens to comment on the proposed, unfinished 10-mile stretch of Corridor H, a highway eventually designated to run from the Washington, D.C. area and terminating at I-79 in Weston, W.Va. The section in question is to run from Parsons, the Tucker County seat, up the mountain towards Maryland.
If the current proposal is adopted, it would have the four-lane highway running through one of West Virginia’s most beautiful areas protected by one of its legacy state parks — Blackwater Falls. It would also separate the twin towns of Davis and Thomas, as well as going near schools and parks in both communities.
Opponents of the proposed route, such as The Friends of Blackwater, are asking citizens to support an alternative northern route. Indeed, a West Virginia resident, Tom Rodd, has written a tune to express his views, titled “Take That Highway North.” You can hear it and read the lyrics by clicking on the link above.
To learn more about submitting comments to the West Virginia Department of Highways and to learn more about the project and its impacts, visit this page by The Friends of Blackwater. A project summary and a Petition can be found on that page as well.
The state also has an informational page here.
© Michael Barrick, 2022