Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


April 16, 2012

West Virgina woman seeks foreign aid

- — KEYSER, W.Va. — Frustrated with inaction by the state, a West Virginia woman is seeking foreign aid to help build a bridge.

Karol Ashenfelter has approached government leaders in Russia and China for financial assistance in building a bridge that would span the Potomac River from Maryland to her local community.

She fears that residents would be trapped in the event of an emergency that shut down two existing bridges, which were constructed close to each other.

There have been emergency situations when trains derailed and blocked motorists from crossing the spans. That forced first-responders to shuttle people across the bridges on stretchers.

“Do I think that the presidents of China and Russia will build a bridge to the North End of Keyser?” asked Keyser mayor Randy Amtower. “No. But I do think it will bring attention to the situation.”


Details for this story were provided by the Cumberland (Md.) Times-News.

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