Build roads, save mountains

My dad (a really wise man after all) said often if West Virginia would only tack on a 25 cent-a-ton severance tax on our coal, we would never have to dig off the side of a mountain for a road. Instead we could bridge over them.

There are three great examples that I know of. The Blue Ridge Parkway Linn Cove viaduct, the H-3 interstate in Hawaii and the Millau viaduct in France. No dirt was dug (except for the foundations) and few if any trees were cut.

Fred Friar

Lavalette

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