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Corridor H 1999-2000 News Archive

The CHA newsletter BY THE WAY for May/June 2000 is available online.

CHA and its fourteen co-plaintiffs have gained a settlement agreement on our current legal action against the highway. We won new delays on nearly 40% of the corridor. The project has been broken into nine sections--as a single, $1.5 billion project, Corridor H is dead. More than ever, the battle will focus on particular endangered places.
Read the entire news release

The Sierra Club's 1999 Sprawl Report gives West Virginia extremely poor ratings in Transportation Planning. But most notably, West Virginia ranks DEAD LAST in protecting open spaces. This is confirmation from a respected national organization that politically motivated highway funding destroys the very essence of what makes West Virginia a special place to live and visit.

The WVDOT has illegally contracted for $750,000.00 worth of pro-Corridor H publicity including a 60-page website, according to two recent news articles in the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail. Spending three quarters of a million taxpayer dollars to counter Corridor H Alternatives' volunteer-produced informational website, the DOT has overstepped their authority and once again failed to seek the necessary approval before issuing contracts for work. The pro-highway site lists dozens of local attractions and activities, but fails to mention that the region appeals largely as an escape from the urban sprawl that surrounds highways like the proposed Corridor H.

CHA contacted the WVDOT and asked them to link to our website from the 'unbiased' and 'informational' website described above. Want to know what the WVDOT (actually, an employee of Michael Baker Associates) said? Read their email response.

In April 1999, Corridor H was named the No. 1 most wasteful and damaging highway project in the nation by Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers for Common Sense in their 1999 "Road to Ruin" report. Leaders of Corridor H Alternatives released the report at the State Capitol in Charleston on April 28.

Q and A on the Corridor H Agreement with a Note on What the Court Didn't Say
Questions most frequently asked about the agreement between Corridor H Alternatives, The WV Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration:
The short answers are No, No, No, and a little more than four miles, to the point where the Corridor first meets US 219. For more on the agreement, read on.

FEBRUARY 1999 NEWS: Court Decision Stops Corridor H Construction Pending History Evaluations
Corridor H Alternatives welcomes the February 9th U.S. Court of Appeals decision requiring that the WV Division of Highways finish evaluating historic sites before beginning any construction on the proposed 100-mile four-lane through West Virginia's highlands. The complete press release describes the court's findings of unlawful activity by State and Federal Highway authorities and gives more details on the proceedings and the outcome.

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