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W.Va. officials consider adding King Coal Highway to state's 6-year transportation plan


BLUEFIELD, West Virginia — Mercer County's bridge to nowhere may be getting somewhere thanks to the efforts of southern West Virginia legislators, the King Coal Highway Authority, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports ( that the state Department of Transportation is considering adding the Christine West Bridge into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan.

State highway commissioner Paul Mattox agreed to a request from U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall to consider putting "a usable section" of the King Coal Highway into the 6-year plan.

Mattox said that based on current projections of available funding and anticipated construction costs, the agency will be adding a project to complete the section of the King Coal Highway from the U.S. Route 460 Interchange to state Route 123 to the plan.

Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph,

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