(05/17/2001)
LK Parkway representatives are off to Washington Wednesday night to meet with Senators Robert C. Byrd and John D. Rockefeller IV. They will be advocating for the building of the 4-lane highway through west central West Virginia. At least six members of the LK Parkway Authority have scheduled Thursday meetings with the U. S. Senators and some members of Congress.

Danny Law, one of three Parkway Authority members from Calhoun, says the multi-county group will ask the representatives to place the highway at the top of a funding list. Many West Virginia road projects have bumped the LK Parkway to the back burner, said Law. "We have been trying to get it on the board since the 1970's."

Reta Kight and Greg Smith will be representing Gilmer in addition to Steve VanCleff from Wirt County, Jack Stewart from Wood County and Paul Simons from Braxton County.

The road would connect I-79 at Burnsville with I-77 at Mineral Wells, cutting through Braxton, Gilmer, Calhoun, Wirt and Wood Counties, opening up a region of the state that is lacking in job opportunities and is severely depressed.


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