Friday, March 21, 2008



Closures will be March 28-31 and April 18-21

STAUNTON – Motorists traveling on Route 50 near the Virginia border with West Virginia should be alert for two upcoming temporary but major traffic pattern changes.

The first closure will take place beginning at 4 p.m. on March 28 and lasting until 5 a.m. on March 31. Both eastbound lanes of Route 50 (Northwestern Pike) in the Gore area of Frederick County will be closed. This location is approximately .1 mile west of Route 752 (Knob Road) and is near the Virginia and West Virginia state line.

The closure is due to railroad work being performed by the Winchester and Western Railroad in the Gore area. All work is weather permitting.

The detour for the Route 50 eastbound closure from March 28 to 31 is as follows:

Traffic traveling east on Route 50 from any point west of the Gore area, including West Virginia, should head west on Route 50 into West Virginia and turn right onto Route 29 north to Route 127 east and continue to Route 522 south. Motorists should stay on Route 522 south until they reach Route 37. To get back on to Route 50 travelers should head south on Route 37 to the next interchange, which is Route 50.

Passenger vehicles can use an alternate shorter route at Route 703 (Whitacre Road) located west of Gore. This alternate route uses several secondary roads which are not suitable for tractor trailer traffic.

The second closure will be from April 18 to 21 at the same location. Both westbound Route 50 lanes will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. on April 18 and lasting until 5 a.m. on April 21. VDOT will send out detour information at the beginning of April.

Traffic alerts and traveler information can be obtained by dialing 511. In areas where 511 is unavailable, dial 1-800-578-4111. (TTY/TDD users, call 711). Traffic alerts and traveler information also are available at

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Virginia’s highway safety partnership — the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia State Police — challenges you to help prevent highway fatalities. Buckle up. Avoid distractions. Share the road. Drive drug- and alcohol-free. Obey speed limits. For more information on the Highway Safety Challenge and things you can do to avoid becoming Virginia’s next traffic fatality, visit

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Typo in Bill 4827 (Update from Congressman Mollohan's Office)

Typo in Bill 4827 (Update from Congressman Mollohan's Office)

Dr. Spiggle and Mr. Howell,

I checked with our DC office and it was a typo committed by that caused the confusion. The actual bill in committee has it correctly listed as Corridor H, not Corridor II. So- all is well!

-Cate Johnson

Minutes March 19, 2008


March 19, 2008

Recorded Attendees: Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R) - Gary Howell – Mineral County, Wayne Spiggle-Mineral County Commission, Charlie Baker – Hampshire County Planner, Brian Carr – WVDOH Charleston, David Stemple – Preston County, Delores Stemple – Preston County, Evelyn Baker-Hampshire County, David Moe - Garrett County, Mona Ridder – Cumberland TimesNews, Bob Fisher – MDSHA, Arvin Harsh – Preston County, Brenda Frantz – Congressman Bartlett’s Office, Cat Johnson – Congressman Mollohan’s Office, Chris Strovel – Congresswoman Capito’s Office, Julianna Albowicz – Senator Mikulsi’s Office, Dennis Glotfelty – Garrett County Commission

Introductions: Dennis Glotfelty opened the meeting. Mineral County Commissioner Wayne Spiggle made the introductions welcoming everyone to the meeting. He made special recognition of Maryland Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, and thanked Gary Howell for taking care of communications and minutes.

Correspondence: None

Old Business:

Cate Johnson of Congressman Mollohan’s stated that the Corridor O Bill has been introduced as H.R. 4827. The Corridor-O bill would make the US 220 north-south corridor part of the Appalachian Development Highway System. This would allow a different funding source for earlier completion of a 4-lane US 220 connecting Corridor-H to I-68. Congressman Bartlett was presented with a copy of the bill.

David Moe gave a detailed report on the North-South Corridor Project. Gary Howell explained that US 220 in combination with several other routes was being used by truck traffic to bypass the Washington, DC when traveling out of the port of Norfolk to the industrial areas around Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit.

The US 50 Association requested that Congressman Bartlett look over the bill and if he felt it was something that he could support, would he co-sponsor the bill giving it bipartisan support. The same was asked of Congresswoman Capito’s office. David Moe reinforced the need for the road with a 1998 estimate that the US 220 upgrades could provide the opportunity for up to 10,000 jobs in the area.

David Moe also discussed a funding problem that needs changed in the Federal Law. Recently the Federal Law was changed not allowing Toll Credits to be used as matching funds. This change in the law was blocking Pennsylvania from using $9 million as matching funds to complete a section of Corridor N in Somerset County. He requested that Congressman Bartlett look at changing the law back to the way it was.

Congressman Bartlett also stated that fuel prices are causing a funding problem for most states as fuel tax is a per gallon tax. As oil reaches $110 a barrel, that people are driving less and causing a short fall in highway funding which source is the fuel tax.

Evelyn Baker explained that the stop light funding for Jersey Mountain had been returned to the state because to many entrances were now in that area. It was requested that WVDOH look into possibly closing some entrance roads and combining them into one where a traffic light could be installed. Wayne Spiggle requested that the Hampshire County Commission look into it. Association. Brian Carr said he would contact the Engineering Division to look at the area in question.

New Business:

Evelyn Baker addressed a possible way to reduce the cost of a 4-lane section to the tax payers by using an area that would have less mountains to cross. The route would follow US 50 east of Romney to Augusta where it would then swing north on WV 29 to WV 127 crossing into Virginia. In Virginia it would follow VA 127 to US 522 South to VA 37 to Interstate 81 South, then returning to the existing US 50. A 4-lane section should connect the Capon Bridge Industrial Park to the VA line.

Arvin Harsh presented two resolutions requesting the changing of the intersection of US 50 and WV 24 in Aurora for safety. One was from the Mountains Lions Club and the other from the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department. (A version will be added to the US 50 Association Website for revue). The estimated cost to change the intersection from a “Y” to a “T” was $150,000 several years ago.

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was given an opportunity to make a few remarks. The congressman stated that we need citizens groups involved like the US 50 Association. We need less government and more citizens’ involvement. He agrees that we need better roads.

November Meeting:

Preston County is next on the schedule to host the May 21st meeting at Melanie’s in Aurora.

Meeting Adjourned at 2:11

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March 19th, 2008 Agenda

March 19th, 2008

Garrett County Meeting Agenda

Garrett County Court House

Alder St.
Oakland, MD 21550

Room 209

I. 12:00 Lunch - Towne Restaurant Alder St.

II. 1:00 Introductions – Garrett County Courthouse

III. Minutes of Previous Meeting

IV. Correspondence

V. Old Business

a. Corridor-O funding Bill Request Update – Cate Johnson

b. Stop Light on Jersey Mountain – Evelyn Baker

VI. New Business

a. US 50 Alternate 4-lane Route – Evelyn Baker

b. Grant & Preston County Paving Update - WVDOH

c. Federal Representative Project Funding Request

d. NHS US 220 Corridor Route Update – Brian Carr

e. WVDOH Budget Report – Bill Woods

VII. Regional Issues

VIII. Citizens Concerns

IX. Volunteer host site for next meeting – Preston County

X. Adjourn

Tentative Meeting Schedule

21 May 2008 - Preston County
16 July 2008 - Taylor County
17 September 2008 - Hampshire County
19 November 2008 - Mineral County

Thursday, March 6, 2008

US 50 Bridge Endures Barge Collision

Bridge Endures Barge Collision

Inspectors with the state Division of Highways say there was no major structural damage to the Parkersburg-Belpre Bridge that was struck by barges Wednesday.

DOH spokesman Brent Walker says the inspectors took an initial look at the bridge Wednesday and only noticed a few scrape marks, but they were able to take a more detailed look Thursday and found no problems.

Walker says the response to the incident by emergency and highway crews from West Virginia and Ohio along with the U.S. Coast Guard serves as a good example of interstate cooperation.

The bridge, which carries traffic from U.S. Route 50 over the Ohio River, was closed for a while, but reopened Wednesday night.

From Metro News