CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Verizon Wireless has submitted applications to the Kanawha County Planning Commission to build six new cellphone towers along the West Virginia Turnpike in the eastern part of the county.
Currently, the area has limited to no cellphone coverage by Verizon and other cellular phone providers.
Kanawha County Engineer John Luoni said the new towers would be helpful to emergency management, as incidents could be more quickly reported along sections of the Turnpike with increased coverage.
"This should really help," Luoni said.
The cell towers are to be located in the Turnpike right-of-way at Cabin Creek near Dry Branch, Standard, Nuckolls, Whittaker, Greencastle and Collinsdale.
If the applications are approved, construction of the towers would begin in six months at the earliest, said Don Carretta, Verizon executive director of networking for Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
"The West Virginia Turnpike is a busy corridor that we'd love to cover," Carretta said.