Speaker Stumbo calls for extended Mountain Parkway into West Virginia

06/02/2015 03:32 PM

In a letter sent to Kentucky and West Virginia Congressional leaders, state House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, is asking for a multibillion dollar extension to the Mountain Parkway between the states.

Stumbo also sent the letter to both state governors asking for the extension of the Mountain Parkway from Prestonsburg, Kentucky to Beckley, West Virginia to “unlock the potential of our regions vibrant workforce.”

“It is time to enable our working men and women to reach their potential by creating a highway strategically placed to open up this valuable human resource,” Stumbo said in a press release. “At the same time, this would enable our region to maximize its tourism potential.”

According to the press release the project would cost approximately $8 to $10 billion, and would lengthen the Mountain Parkway by 140 miles.

The Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative, which is spearheaded by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, sparked the idea for the massive project, Stumbo said.

“Large projects require large vision, and that’s what we have brought together for our Appalachian region in our SOAR initiative,” Stumbo said.

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