In 2010, the West Virginia Division of Highways wanted to place a toll on the road to pay for completing its construction.
The county commissions in both counties quickly signed on because finishing U.S. 35 is that important.
However, the public hated the idea.
Citizens wondered why they would have to pay a toll in perpetuity after paying more than 50 cents per gallon in state and federal taxes for highways.
The state built other roads without a toll, including Corridor G.
The people stood tall on this one and within two years, the toll was gone and Mason County elected its first delegate in the Legislature in 20 years.
In fact, Mason wound up with two delegates as logger Jim Butler and trucker Scott Cadle decided enough was enough and ran for office representing parts of Mason and Putnam counties.
Their victories showed people in Mason County are so desperate for real representation in Charleston that they are willing to vote Republican.
Even the state Supreme Court weighed in, deciding that yes, Mason County commissioners could rescind their official support of the tolls.
U.S. 35 is an example of the frustration of taxpayers, who pay more than $4 billion each year in state taxes - and still the people cannot get a road replaced after nearly 50 years.
The priorities of the government are not the same as the governed.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is good with money, but his primary budgetary concern last year was finding another $150 million for Medicaid, a $2.5 billion a year program.
If the state froze Medicaid at current spending levels for just two years, the money would be there to finish U.S. 35.
But this is a federal road.
Why cannot a federal government that spends $3.5 trillion a year come up with $250 million to finish the road?
That would be 0.007 percent of one year's federal expenditures.
But the president and Congress, and the governor and the Legislature have priorities other than providing safe roads.
This is why people are so frustrated.
Surber is an editorial writer. His email is DonSur...@DailyMail.com.