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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Funds for Route 9 on their way

Senator Robert C. Byrd made an announcement on Route 9:

More than $6.6 million in construction funds for Route Nine that U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., added to federal legislation is on the way to the Eastern Panhandle."We have seen the tragic price of an inadequate Route Nine. Too many lives have been lost. Too many tragedies have taken place. It is time to move forward with Route Nine’s upgrades, and move quickly," Byrd said.

The $6.6 million being released to the State on Tuesday is a down payment on the $10 million in funding that Byrd added to the transportation appropriations legislation last fall."

Each new mile of an improved Route Nine saves lives. Each new mile creates hope and expands opportunity. There has been too much delay in construction of this modernized road. It’s time to get to work," Byrd said.

Senator Byrd has worked for many years on funding the upgrades for Route Nine. Since 1991, he has obtained more than $142 million for planning, design, and construction of the modernized route.

In the coming days, the Senate will turn its attention to the bill that sets the baseline for federal construction dollars. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the President’s $284 billion bill to fund highway and public transit programs over a six-year period. When making changes to the President’s plan, the House failed to direct any funds toward Route Nine construction.

"The Eastern Panhandle’s problems cannot be ignored. It is absolutely critical that we ensure the safe travel on one of West Virginia’s deadliest stretches of road for people in our state’s fastest growing region," Byrd said.

Whether we agree with the Route 9 project or not, we can frame this to our advantage. We should write Letters to the Editor at The Journal, The Spirit of Jefferson Farmers Advocate and the Morgan Messenger to highlight Byrd's history of obtaining funds for West Virginia. Meanwhile, Shelley Moore Capito is unable to provide for her district even though she's in the majority party. Her close ties and support for the corrupt Tom DeLay has not translated into obtaining funds for her district.


At Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10:14:00 PM, Blogger Panhandle (WV) Grassroots for Democracy said...

Anyone who is team members would be able to post stories and news releases like this. We probably shouldn't have profanity like I did. :) But it could also say, ACTION ALERT. Send letters. I didn't have The Journal address handy, but I could put that in the links.


At Saturday, April 02, 2005 1:00:00 PM, Blogger John C. said...

Ben, we've been hearing about Rt. 9 for as long as I can remember and nothing hardly ever gets done, look at all the money they have spent just for the planning operation alone. Sometimes I'm afraid that if they build it THEY will come, and you know who they are....

At Saturday, April 02, 2005 9:12:00 PM, Blogger Carnacki said...

I know John. I don't think the counties can handle the additional growth that would come with it. But is there a way to use this issue to show how ineffective Shelley Moore Capito has been? She spends more time looking out for the interests of Tom DeLay and George W. Bush instead of West Virginians


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