THE LITTLE KANAWHA PARKWAY PIPE-DREAM HAS EVAPORATED - Scarce Funds For Repaving

(06/01/2010)

Last year, West Virginia submitted more than $2.2 billion in "shovel ready" projects in hopes of having at least some of them funded through the federal economic stimulus package.

The long-proposed Little Kanawha Parkway and Blue-Gray Trail Parkway that would open this road-starved region is not on the 'shovel ready' list.

They're barely on any list at all.

The projects once made a list, but kept sliding down.

One of the requirements for a stimulus package project is that it be ready for construction within 90 to 180 days.

Leading the way on the West Virginia list - roads and bridge projects to the tune of $745 million.

The WV Department of Highway has been short on money for road construction and repaving.

The agency admits they're behind repaving by 25 years or more.

The pipe-dream of what has been called "a modern highway" to connect Calhoun and regional counties with the Interstate, is gone, while there is scarce hope the State of West Virginia will have little funding for resurfacing.

THE 2009 STIMULUS LIST

1 - Water, Sewer and Infrastructure $673,945,213

2 - Roads and Bridges $745,740,400

3 - Roads and Bridges – Parkways Authority $224,296,162

4 - Public Safety $48,949,246

5 - Public Education $158,033,361

6 - Higher Education $215,531,166

7 - Recreation Projects $61,400,000

8 - Renovations $111,094,246

9 - Other $54,614,000

Total $2,293,603,794

See   Planning A Trip On The LK Parkway?

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