September 17, 2008
Recorded Attendees: Gary Howell – Mineral County, Wayne Spiggle-Mineral County Commission, Arvin Harsh – Preston County, Bill Wood – WVDOH – Charleston, Mona Ridder – MCDA, Brian Carr – WVDOH, Liz Beavers – News Tribune, Janice LaRue – Mineral County Commission, Betty Spiggle – MinCo, Bob Hatfield – Self, Bill Ross – Grant County EDO, Cate Johnson – Congressman Mollohan’s Office, Chris Strovel – Congresswoman Capito’s office.
Old/New Business: The intersection of US 50 and WV 24 was discussed and the possibility of reducing the speed limit through the intersection to 40 mph from its current 55 mph. Bill Wood of WVDOH said he would follow through with the request to see if it is feasible.
Gary Howell presented a draft of the
Wayne Spiggle asked if the fact the group was started by the county commissions of each county along the route could be added. He asked Mona Ridder to work with Gary Howell on that. Arvin Harsh asked that the Aurora Heritage Store be added to the list. Gary Howell asked if matching funds from the WV Tourism Office could be used to fund producing the brochure. Bill Wood of WVDOH said that money from WVDOH is also available. Wayne Spiggle asked Mona Ridder of MCDA to look into funding the project since it will help with tourism and economic development.
The reintroduction of H.R. 4827 was discussed. Cate Johnson of Congressman Mollohan’s (WV-1) office request the group make a formal request by letter and Chris Strovel of Congresswoman Shelley Capito’s (WV-2) office stated a request to co-sponsor the Mollohan bill should be sent as well. Gary Howell asked that the group request the bill be reintroduced for the next congressional session and add Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett to the co-sponsor request. That idea was approved. This bi-partisan bill will provide Appalachian Development Highway System money for a
Bill Woods explained that extending WV 93 was stalled due to a retirement and an interim director of that division. He expects no problem once the new director takes over and the new northern terminus of WV 93 will be at the intersection of US 220 at the Blue Jay Bridge when the project is completed.
Bill Woods of WVDOH indicated that US 50 is no longer closed on the east side of
On the US 220 North-South Corridor it is expected that the Tier 1 study will be completed in the spring.
Gary Howell asked if the local DOH could periodically work on removing earth in areas were there are sharp turns. Over time this would allow the road to be straightened. Brian Carr of WVDOH stated that the state does not like to take out single turns as this gives people a false sense that the rest of the road will be better. This increases the likelihood that they will wreck on the next turn.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:57
Tentative Meeting Schedule
19 November 2008 -
21 January 2009 – Grant County
18 March 2009 –
15 July 2009 –
16 September 2009 –
18 November 2009 –