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WVDOH Announces Plans for
West Run Study

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March 2, 2001

Charleston, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced today that it would suspend further work by its consultant doing the study on the West Run Expressway.

State Highway Engineer Joe Deneault announced that, with the lack of funding and community agreement on what is needed for Morgantown, WVDOH would be doing a disservice to continue with the process at this time. Deneault said, "Perhaps sometime in the future the need will be more obvious and solutions more accepted."

Commissioner of Highways Fred VanKirk said, "The Division of Highways has no funds currently available to begin the final work needed to construct this highway, estimated at $200 million, even if the study were completed. To continue the study on the project will only continue to stir the pot needlessly. Perhaps all of us can use our efforts more productively if we determine the overall needs of the area and set our priorities accordingly."

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I believe that the transportation problems facing Morgantown are real, immediate and call for a comprehensive solution, but the Division of Highways cannot and should not proceed with a project unless funds are available and there is substantial community agreement."


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