The document provided by the Putnam County Commission still lists the toll road plan for U.S. 35, which Walker said won't be scrapped until alternate funding, such as P3, is found for the road.
"There are still some hoops to jump through," Walker said. "Legal - we'd be working with consultants and interviewing potential candidates that would work with us on that. Those dates are ones by which we'd certainly reassess things by; we'd hope to have a better date soon, but it's just premature to announce, that's for sure."
In 2010, officials from Putnam and Mason counties agreed to a plan that would have installed two tollbooths on either end of the U.S. 35 segment to help fund it. Mason County commissioners withdrew their support after a public outcry.
The projected tolls would have cost $2 per stop for non-commercial drivers and $8 for commercial truck drivers, and yearly EZ Passes would cost roughly $200 for access to both booths. Plans had called for one tollbooth in Mason County, about five miles outside of Point Pleasant, between 3-Mile Creek Road and 5-Mile Creek Road, and the other in Putnam County between Tucker Branch North and Tucker Branch South.
Skidmore said after talking to Walker, he feels confident the U.S. 35 project could be eligible for P3 funding, but that the projected dates given to the transportation committee could be subject to change.
"It's one of those things that everybody's agreed to it, but it hasn't been officially documented," Skidmore said. "It sounds like they've found a way to fund it and now they've just got to go through the proper bid procedures. It seems like everything's pretty firm except the date."
The project has a $214 million projected budget. According to Walker, the DOT has reevaluated the cost of the project, which was originally projected at $187 million, and has maintained its right-of-way land purchases in the area.
"We don't take this type of funding lightly, and we want to make sure it's feasible and that we've got the right type of projects for that funding," Walker said. "Any of our higher-dollar road projects would certainly be considered for this type of program, but we haven't come out and said yet, because there's just so much background and due diligence that needs to happen before any of these would be announced."Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.