CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia's three members of a Senate-House conference committee that agreed on new federal highways legislation all lauded the agreement on Thursday.
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va, said the legislation approved by conferees preserve highway construction jobs and help pay to improve roads in West Virginia and across the country.
Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said he was happy to keep highway-funding levels strong in the face of "enormous budget pressures."
Under the legislation to be voted on Friday, West Virginia is set to receive $423 million for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 and nearly $427 million for fiscal 2014.
Rep. Nick J. Rahall, D-W.Va., said on Thursday, "Under this highway bill, states will see no decline in the investment funding that they so desperately need to tackle crumbling roadways and deficient bridges.
"The states, and highway contractors, will have the ability to count on a stable source of funding, sustaining and creating jobs, and enhancing the mobility and safety of American motorists," Rahall said. "This conference agreement means jobs for workers in West Virginia and throughout the nation."
Rahall has been a longtime supporter of additional federal funding for West Virginia highway projects including: the King Coal Highway, Coalfields Expressway; W.Va. 2, 10 and 35; as well as the New River and Shawnee parkways.
Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said Thursday's agreement will preserve jobs and pay for road improvements in West Virginia and across the country.