Making sure the promises are met
Many local voters who supported the state’s $1.6 billion road bond proposal did so specifically because of projects promised for our area.
Among them were $172.5 million in Interstate 70 bridge work in Ohio County and major improvements to state Route 2 in Marshall, Wetzel and Hancock counties, including $11 million for the relocation of a portion of the road through New Cumberland.
But pledges of road and bridge improvements were made throughout the state. Will the $1.6 billion in bond revenue cover them all? Perhaps not. Priorities may have to be set.
If so, local legislators should not allow the critical Northern Panhandle projects to be put on the back burner or shelved entirely.
A promise is a promise, and if this one is broken, it will be a long time before local voters trust the state again.