Corridor H Alternatives is a nonprofit citizens group
whose purpose is to promote transportation systems which preserve
and enhance the quality of life, the natural environment, local business
and community cohesion, local history and culture in the Potomac and Allegheny
Highlands and Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia and Virginia.

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October 2001

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Our Idea:
Building Where the Needs Are: Improving Our Roads from Elkins, WV to Strasburg and Winchester, VA

The Corridor H proposal has taken different forms over the years. In the 1960s, it was proposed as a two-lane scenic parkway through the West Virginia highlands east of Elkins. Since the late 1970s, West Virginia's Division of Highways has wantd to build it as a four-lane truck route. The Federal Highway Administration called that verson "overbuilt" and "excessive" but they were finally pressured to go along.

However, in 1995 Virginia declined to build the 14 mile stretch that would have connected Corridor H to I-81. The $1.5 billion project was widely criticized as a "road to nowhere." The huge transportation spending bill for 1998-2003 does not have enough to build even half of the 100-mile four-lane version of Corridor H. And in November 1998, the U.S. Court of Appeals issued an injunction blocking any construction of Corridor H except an uncontested, 3.5 mile bypass west of Elkins.

It makes sense now to consider how to use available funds to finish the Corridor H project in a way that addresses local needs and avoids harm to the environment and communites. There is no legal requirement that Appalachian corridors must be four-lane truck routes. We propose a Corridor H Alternative that ties some four-lane sections to upgrades of key two-lane regional highways.

For information on how you can help, contact CHA at P.O. Box 11, Kerens, WV 26276, 304-637-4082.
email CHA at

For information and assistance with Stewards of the Potomac Highlands, Bonni McKeown's new organizing effort on Corridor H, call 304-874-3887 or email

Follow these links to learn more about Corridor H:

What is the story behind Corridor H?
Is there a map showing Corridor H?
How much will Corridor H cost the taxpayers?
Do we need Corridor H?
Who wants Corridor H?
Who opposes Corridor H?
What are the alternatives to Corridor H?
Corridor H Alternatives files suit!
Proposed Corridor H threatens historical sites
Special places endangered by Corridor H
Virginia refuses to build!
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