Funding committed for access road, intersection at former Hobet Mine

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 2:50 PM EDT
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UPDATE 10/23/20 @ 9 p.m.

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced he is committing funding for an access road and bridged intersection along Corridor G.

He made the announcement Friday afternoon at the former Hobet Mine in Boone County, saying the move will attract new business and industry to the area.

Plans for an access road at the site were scrapped in 2017. Justice said the state didn’t have enough money at the time.

“This will become reality," Justice said. "It’s going to become reality now. It will be absolutely transformational.”

The governor’s Democratic challenger Ben Salango is suggesting the governor is only doing this now because Salango brought the issue up at their debate.

“The governor now 11 days before the election and one week after I called him out on it at the debate, he ran up there and made an announcement,” Salango said. He made another promise that, honestly, he has no plans to keep.”

Justice rejects the notion the announcement is a political stunt, calling that idea “bull snot.”

The governor also announced the West Virginia National Guard will resume training activities at the Hobet Mine site.

Justice is also directing the Department of Natural Resources to explore all possibilities for recreation and wildlife enhancement.

Salango says if he wins, he’ll be committed to making sure the project comes to fruition.

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