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W.V. To Improve 2-Lane Parts of US 35

Sinkhole shuts down stretch of W. Andrew Johnson Highway

Sinkhole shuts down stretch of W. Andrew Johnson Highway

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (AP) - The state plans to improve parts of a two-lane section of U.S. 35 in Mason County.

The Point Pleasant Register reports that Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox recently sent a letter to the County Commission saying the work includes resurfacing, widening, paving shoulders and replacing a bridge.

Mattox's letter came in response to a letter from the commission asking about highway's status.

The state had planned to expand a 14.6-mile stretch of U.S. 35 in Mason and Putnam counties to four lanes and install tolls to pay off construction bonds. In March, acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin took tolls off the table as a funding option after the Legislature rejected his request for $8 million in annual state funding to ensure investors would be repaid.

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