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Money for W.Va. 9 in Senate bill

July 21, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.VA.-U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd announced Friday that he included $10 million for the W.Va. 9 widening project in federal legislation that is heading to a Senate vote, according to a press release from Byrd's office.

"The progress being made on the new Route 9 is amazing," said Byrd, D-W.Va. "Each time I check the construction, new sections are under way.

"But we have more work to do. That's why I've pressed for funding that will jump-start work on this key project."

Byrd included the funds in the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. That legislation is headed to the full Senate after winning the approval of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which Byrd chairs.

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"By directing these dollars specifically to Route 9 and securing an increase in the state's federal highway construction dollars, I hope to send a strong signal to the people of the Eastern Panhandle that I am committed to doing all that I can to finish that highway," Byrd said.

"We are going to make travel along Route 9 safer for families while giving our businesses new opportunities for success," he said.

Since 1992, Byrd said he has worked to secure more than $155 million for W.Va. 9, which is to be widened to four lanes.

Byrd also said he worked to increase the state's highway construction funding by $26 million, to more than $356.1 million for the next fiscal year, according to the release.

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