Mason Co. Public Hearing On US 35 Set For Dec. 27

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Point Pleasant, W.Va. (AP) -- Mason County Commissioner Rick Handley is urging residents to attend a public hearing later this month on the state's upgrade of U.S. 35 to four lanes.

Handley told the Point Pleasant Register that the Dec. 27 hearing in Point Pleasant will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and voice their opinion on the state's plan to put tolls on the highway.

The West Virginia Parkways Authority says tolls are needed to pay for upgrading a 14.6-mile section of the highway in Mason and Putnam Counties.

The Mason County Commission initially approved the toll plan but later rescinded its vote. The state Supreme Court ruled that the county has no authority to revisit its original decision.

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