The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 21, 2013

Study: Speeding up Corridor H good for W.Va.


The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A new study says West Virginia would receive $1.25 billion in new revenue and an uninterrupted link to the Inland Port in Front Royal, Va., if Corridor H is completed ahead of schedule.

The study conducted by RQA Group says the highway’s construction would add another $800 million to the state’s economy.

The Corridor H Authority released the findings of the study on Monday.

The 143-mile four-lane highway will connect Interstate 79 near Weston with Interstate 81 in Virginia. Its proposed completion date is 2036.

The study looked at the economic impact of Corridor H in West Virginia if it was completed in 2020.

Authority chairman Steve Foster says the highway is important to both West Virginia and Virginia.