King Coal Highway Authority to join I-73/I-74/I-75 gathering
By CHARLES OWENS, Bluefield Daily Telegraph | Posted 3 days ago
BLUEFIELD — Members of the King Coal Highway Authority in southern West Virginia will be crossing the state line next week to appear before the inaugural meeting of a new Virginia Senate I-73 Committee.
The Virginia Senate committee is convening as part of the National I-73/I-74/I-75 Corridor Association gathering at the New College Institute in the city of Martinsville, Va. The state committee will meet following the commencement of the national I-73/I-74/I-75 committee on Monday, Nov. 10.
Several King Coal Highway Authority members will be attending the Virginia-side session, including McDowell County Commission President Gordon Lambert, Mercer County Clerk Julie Ball, and authority board members Tom Hall and Christine West, according to King Coal Highway Authority Executive Director Mike Mitchem.
“I think there is a possibility of the Virginia side (of the I-73 corridor) being done in 10 years,” Mitchem said. “So it will be very important for West Virginia to start our Mercer County side, and start traveling toward Huntington. If they (Virginia) can get it done in 10 years we will need to be ready.”