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Interstate 73/74, the Tolsia highway, the King Coal Highway or whatever it is called will not be built as long as the cash cow West Virginia Turnpike cranks out the big bucks. A 45-mile ride will cost you $8 to Beckley. I have no idea what 18-wheelers are paying. No, make that the consuming public because all costs are passed along to the retail price.

The last work on the I-73/74 road happened 30 years ago to get a two-lane road just past Prichard. Wayne County was told a few years back that we would have to wait a bit longer before that road became a four-lane. Does anyone know who dreamed up the idea of an intermodal facility beside a broken-down two-lane road to nowhere?

Fred Friar


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