BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A “Bridge to Nowhere” in southern West Virginia will have a destination in a few years.
Gov. Jim Justice held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the start of work on a 3.8-mile (6.1-kilometer) addition to the King Coal Highway. The addition will make use of a bridge that was built a decade ago and dubbed the “Bridge to Nowhere” because the road stopped at the end of it.
The governor’s office says the project will give motorists easier access to the Mercer County Airport.
Justice says they’re “going to turn this into the ‘Bridge to Somewhere’ and that somewhere is going to be your airport.”
First, crews must cut through a mountain between the bridge and airport.
The $57.5 million project is being funded through West Virginia Turnpike Authority bonds. It’s expected to be completed by November 2021.