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Governor visits highway crews, addresses future of Coalfields Expressway

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SANDSTONE, W.Va. (WVVA) As work beings on three million dollars worth of road projects in West Virginia, some construction crews in Raleigh County got a surprise visit on Thursday. 

Gov. Jim Justice, (R) West Virginia, stopped by to thank workers on Interstate-64, bringing sausage biscuits and drinks to those doing work just past the Grandview exit. 

"We want to celebrate what's going on across the state with the most aggressive road bond ever." 

The Republican governor also used the opportunity to urge caution among motorists with a lot more crews expected to be on the roads in coming months. "We just want to applaud the people who are doing this great work and tell motorists that we can't fix the roads until we fix the roads so please slow down." 

One of those projects is the Coalfields Expressway. In an interview with West Virginia Transportation Sec. Tom Smith during the visit, he said the section of the road from Beckley to Mullens should be finished between a year and a year and a half.

As for the next leg to Pineville, he said "we're dedicated to finish it. You're right there's a lot of design and environmental work that still needs to done. But what the Governor's plan is to accelerate everything. That project will be built years and years earlier than it would otherwise. The exciting thing about the immediate work is we'll be able to get the whole road open to Mullens." 

Gov. Justice said Thursday there are still thousands of job opportunities available for the road bond work, whether through the DOH or through the Contractor's Association. 

To learn more, visit http://transportation.wv.gov/business-manager/human-resources/Pages/CareerOpportunities.aspx or call 304-558-0444. 

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