Va. Officials Endorse $2B Coal Country Highway Project

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 10:46 PM EDT) -- A state transportation board expressed overwhelming enthusiasm Wednesday for a proposed $2.1 billion highway in southwestern Virginia's coal country, setting up the project for a possible successful path through the regulatory process.

The project, known as the Coalfields Expressway, aims to provide an economic lifeline for a region suffering from high unemployment and declining population. If completed, the proposed 51-mile highway would link to existing highways in West Virginia and Virginia.

“The movement we’ve seen in the last few years for the completion of the project...
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