Hurrah, the Little Kanawha River Parkway Commission is still in business and “driving ahead at full speed!” This Kanawha River basin regional nonprofit agency has been promoting roadway improvements on SR 5 for over a decade, but hasn’t been visible for several years. Nevertheless, that all changed on Mon., July 23 when they met in a well-publicized quarterly meeting in Burnsville with Board members present from all five counties: Braxton, Calhoun, Wirt, Wood, and Gilmer.

Originally, and after a few studies, this commission had sought to create a 3-or-4 lane highway from Burnsville to connect with I-77 at Mineral Wells in Wood County. Their initial planning got derailed by some local opposition here in Gilmer County, although Glenville, Glenville State College, and the federal prison would have been the chief beneficiaries of a wider, easier, and faster access route from I-79 at Burnsville. After those initial studies, the news from the LKR Parkway Commission became less frequent, if not dying out altogether.

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