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November 21, 1996
The Northern Virginia Daily newspaper of Winchester and Strasburg reported that the West Virginia Division of Highways is currently planning to build Corridor H only to Wardensville, stopping 6 miles short of the Virginia line. But Virginia Transportation Secretary Robert E. Martinez says West Virginia could change its mind.
November 4, 1996
A letter to Martinez from Fred Van Kirk, West Virginia Highway Commissioner, states, "We have no intention to nor will we proceed with construction on this section of the corridor without appropriate coordination with the Commonwealth of Virginia."

Representative Frank Wolf, R-VA, who succeeded in reducing funding for Corridor H in 1994 and eliminating any new appropriations in 1995 and 96, called the letter "good news for the people of the Shenandoah Valley" but added that Corridor H is not a dead issue. On the other hand, Wolf said, "Financially, this road is going to be very, very expensive. With Congressional leaders and President Clinton pledged to balance the federal budget, we can't afford a billion dollar road." Here's Wolf's press release on the issue.



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