WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wants to see a long-debated widening project finished on U.S. Route 35 in Mason and Putnam counties.
The West Virginia Republican took a tour Friday of a 14.6-mile section of the highway that remains two lanes. The four-lane highway starts at Interstate 64 in Putnam County and is a major truck and bus route connecting to southern Ohio and other points in the Midwest.
The state Division of Highways began seeking alternative funding for the $187 million project last year following backlash against plans for tolls on the road.
Capito says federal surface transportation program funding expires in September and "now's the time to be talking about it."
Capito and West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall are members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
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