(RALEIGH, WYOMING COUNTIES) The long-awaited Coalfields Expressway paving project is up and running.
“We’ve got action, and real-life action,” Governor Jim Justice said. “We are rolling. We’re absolutely rolling on it,” Commissioner of Highways, Jimmy Wriston said.
After almost 29 years in the making, commuters will finally see a new road in Raleigh and Wyoming counties.
“Twenty-nine years…that road is wearing out before we can get it done,” Justice revealed.
“This is a very important road. “Having that connector, it just opens up the world down here for these folks,” Wriston said.
The paving will allow traffic to flow without issues as well as increase jobs and tourism.
“The ability to be able to connect Virginia gives us the access to Kentucky and many other states and lets people see all of the advantages we have here. It will bring manufacturing, tourism and all kinds of things. So, we’ve got to connect southern West Virginia to the world,” Justice said.
The Slab Fork to Mullens project is expected to be completed by the fall.
“October 2019, we’re going to finish it,” the Governor declared.