CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The construction of Corridor H is pressing on, and a ceremonial groundbreaking today in Davis is scheduled to observe the latest round of construction.
About 20 miles of new four-lane highway will link Davis in Tucker County to existing highway just west of Scherr in Grant County. This section will largely parallel W.Va. 93.
"This creates a great deal of additional access for commerce," said Curtis Wilkerson, spokesman for Orion Consulting LLC, which represents the Corridor H Authority.
The Davis-to-Scherr section is already under construction, making the groundbreaking purely ceremonial. Work is expected to wrap up in late 2013 or early 2014.
The new section of Corridor H will link to the existing eastern section of the highway, which runs from Wardensville in Hardy County and near the Virginia state line, to just outside of Scherr. This part of the road has opened in stages during the last decade.
The other part of Corridor H, from I-79 near Weston to just north of Elkins, is an older section built mostly in the 1970s and 1980s.
Wilkerson said construction has already improved economic conditions in nearby communities like Buckhannon and Moorefield.
"There's a lot of economic development going on," he said. "It's really impressive."