HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday hosted U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao in West Virginia to learn more about the state’s infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Senator Capito and Secretary Chao also spoke at the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner, which Senator Capito invited the secretary to keynote.
At the dinner, Senator Capito joined Secretary Chao in announcing a $100 million grant that will support the construction of Corridor H. The funding—awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) program to the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways—will specifically go toward the completion of an interchange at the junction of Corridor H and WV-72, along with 4.6 miles of roadway and a bridge spanning Cheat River. The senator first notified West Virginians about the grant on Friday when the details were initially made public.
“Completing Corridor H will significantly benefit West Virginia in so many important ways—from improving safety for families and individuals and making it easier for residents and visitors get across our state to driving economic growth, development, and investment,” Senator Capito said. “I’ve made this project a top priority for years and have worked directly with Secretary Chao and other leaders to secure the funding to make it happen, which is why I’m even more excited to join her to announce it today. I will continue working with the administrator, our local and state officials here at home, and leaders from the private sector to advance projects like Corridor H that have the potential to make a big and positive difference in West Virginia.”
“The Department has awarded $100 million to West Virginia for the Appalachian Development Highway System, to construct the WV-72 and US-219 interchange near Hambleton, including the Cheat River Bridge in the Monongahela National Forest,” Secretary Chao said.
Capito efforts in support of the $100 million grant:
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