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Another small piece of the King Coal Highway nears completion

Slowly but surely another piece of the King Coal Highway (future Interstate 73 and 74) comes closer to completion in West Virginia.

Work crews are in the final stages of completing a $16.2 million bridge project in Bluefield. The project will take the highway from US 52/460 and carry the highway approximately 160 feet over US 19. However, the highway will still be a "Road To Nowhere" as this project will cause the highway to dead end into a hillside.

Officials are hoping to gain funding in the 2010 federal highway transportation bill to complete the highway to Route 123 to complete a 2.6 mile extension of the King Coal northwards from the US 52/460 interchange. U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is requesting $60 million for the project.

Story: King Coal Highway Bridge close to completion - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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