WINFIELD, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today joined Governor Jim Justice and other state and local leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony in Winfield, W.Va. to mark the beginning of construction on the I-64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge, also known as the Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge.
“The I-64 corridor is a critical thoroughfare for commuters going to work, travelers passing through the Kanawha Valley, and for the transport of goods,” Senator Capito said. “I’m proud to have played a part in securing the funding for this important development that will reduce the bottleneck for traffic between Charleston and Huntington. These are the kinds of real infrastructure improvements, ones that rebuild our roads and bridges, we need to be prioritizing. By focusing on core infrastructure projects like this one we can responsibly advance projects that promote economic growth and revitalize America.”
As a leader on the Senate Appropriations and Environment and Public Works (EPW) committees, Senator Capito was instrumental in securing funding for this project.
In July 2019, Senator Capito wrote then-Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao a letter outlining the reasons why West Virginia Division of Highways’ application for the funding should be considered and how critical it would be for the surrounding area and state.
In November 2019, Senator Capito announced $20,000,000 through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grants. Funding was directed to support the West Virginia Department of Transportation with widening over three miles of Interstate 64, including the Nitro-St. Albans Bridge.
Photo from today’s event:
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on the I-64 Nitro/St. Albans Bridge, also known as the Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge in Winfield, W.Va. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
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