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New study shows strength of Corridor H project

June 24th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

The Robert C. Byrd Corridor H Authority praised the Appalachian Regional Commission today for its forward movement on an economic impact study of the entire Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS).  


The ADHS includes Corridor H in West Virginia, as well as the completed highways of Route 19 through Summersville (Corridor L), Route 50 (Corridor D), I-68 (Corridor E), Corridor G from Charleston to Pikeville and Corridor Q connecting Monroe County to Virginia.


“This new economic impact study will look at the impact of the highways themselves,” said Robbie Morris, President of the Corridor H Authority.  “Aside from the obvious economic benefits of the construction, there is lost opportunity for every year that the system is not complete.”


The economic impact study comes 50 years after the Appalachian system was started. The ADHS was conceived as a way to connect land within the rugged mountainous area stretching from New York to Alabama to the nation’s interstate highway system.  Planned as a 3,090-mile network of four-lane roads, more than 2,500 miles are complete, with many more under construction.

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