LITTLE KANAWHA PARKWAY PIPE-DREAM HAS EVAPORATED - Scarce Funds For Repaving, Officials Deny Continued Privatization

(10/13/2010)

COMMENT by Bob Weaver

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 was not on the 'shovel ready' list. They're barely on any list at all.

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

The pipe-dream of what has been called "a modern highway" to connect Calhoun and regional counties with the Interstate, is gone.

One of the requirements for a stimulus package project was 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, a drop in the bucket.

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

The state's highways are in the worst shape in my lifetime.

The state highway department continues to privatize, while denying it all the while.

Certainly county departments can no longer road build, and in most cases, perform most any kind of construction, focusing on "core maintenance."

The public has long been convinced that private enterprise can do it cheaper, denying any kind of common sense approach that low-paid road workers certainly can do it much cheaper, the profit margin removed.


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