From Charles H. Clements
Editor, Tyler Star News:
In response to last week’s letter from John S. Starkey of New Martinsville, I would like to provide the following information.
While I admit that the projects that Mr. Starkey cites are not on the list, there are four major improvements on WV-2 that are very important to Wetzel and Tyler counties. Two of the projects will connect the current four-lane section in Proctor to the recently completed four-lane section at Franklin (Burch Ridge Road). This will open up valuable land for development in Marshall County. This will mean jobs for our area, both construction and possible permanent jobs. If we don’t have infrastructure read, we will see those jobs go somewhere else. The other two Route 2 projects are in Wood and Hancock Counties.
If the bond passes, there will be no increase in taxes or fees. The legislature has already raised the revenue to cover the bond debt. If the bond fails, we will have to schedule these improvements over a 20 or 25-year period. Statistics show that the cost of highway construction has increased 70 percent in the last 13 years. If we wait, our highways will cost much more than the cost of the debt service on the bonds.
This bond issue is necessary to put WV in a position to take advantage of the natural gas development and possible downstream development relating to the potential cracker plant in Dilles Bottom.
We are scheduling a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at the New Martinsville City Building. I urge all citizens to attend.
Charles H. Clements
Senator, Second District
New Martinsville, W.Va.