Tomblin announces commission on highways members
by Martha Sparks
CHARLESTON — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday that Wally Thornhill of Chapmanville will represent the Third Congressional District on the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways.
Thornhill was among several lawmakers, state and local officials, industry and labor representatives, college professors and citizens selected to be on the commission.
“I’ve called together some of the brightest minds in transportation, construction, labor and business to address the needs of our aging highway system,” Gov. Tomblin said. “I look forward to working with the Blue Ribbon Commission, discussing their findings and reviewing their proposed legislation, so that we can together address the future of our transportation system.”
The Commission will hold its first meeting Friday, September 14, at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, Governor’s Cabinet and Conference Room, Suite 10.
Gov. Tomblin issued an executive order on August 14 forming the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Commission. The group is tasked with studying the condition and needs of the state’s transportation system and developing a long-term strategic plan of action. The plan will include funding options for the maintenance, construction and expansion of the state’s roadway system.
Also selected for the commission was House of Delegate member Josh Stowers.
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