By Jean A. Flanagan
“The economic development benefit is already evident,” Robbie Morris said. “The road will shortly be 90 percent complete. We just want to get it done.”
Morris, the executive director of the Corridor H Authority, spoke to Congressman Alex Mooney (R-2nd) at the Hardy County Economic Development and Infrastructure Roundtable held Wednesday, May 2.
In his opening remarks, Mooney said Congress had just reauthorized the Federal Aviation Administration, which was a bipartisan effort.
“The Farm Bill is coming up,” he said. “The Transportation Bill is coming up. The time is now for transportation. There’ll be some money coming.”
Morris said, on a recent trip to Washington D.C., he and Corridor H Authority co-chair Mallie Combs, asked the Congressional delegation to give priority to those sections that are near completion or can produce an economic benefit.
“With a return of $3 for every dollar spent, the businesses we talk to are looking for 5 to 55,” Morris said. “That’s five miles to a road with a speed limit of 55 or more.”