Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 13, 2013

Rahall warns of ‘self-inflicted wounds’ to transportation projects from sequester

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WASHINGTON —  A West Virginia lawmaker is warning that the looming sequestration cuts in Washington would create a “self-inflicted wound” on regional infrastructure projects such as the King Coal Highway and the Coalfields Expressway.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., the top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, urged his fellow committee members Wednesday to fight for the resources needed to increase infrastructure investment.

“For generations, investments in infrastructure have paved the way for increased economic opportunity, the creation of good paying jobs in our communities, and a more prosperous nation,” Rahall said. “But in recent years when jobs are needed more than ever, that time tested prescription for their creation has largely been ignored by Congress.  Critical projects like Routes 2, 10, & 35, the Interstate 73/74/Tolsia/King Coal Highway, the Coalfields Expressway, and the Beckley Z-Way and Intermodal Gateway are the types of investments that can lead us out of our economic doldrums but we need the political will in Washington to help see them across the finish line.”

For more on how the sequester could impact local transportation projects, see F