As Corridor H approaches, consider the many benefits of Davis and Thomas agreeing on what is best for both communities. Let us present a strong, collective message to the WV Division of Highways (DOH)–a combined agreement of both Davis and Thomas. The alternative: DOH decides for us: “Well, let’s see, Davis wants this…Thomas wants that, so let’s flip a coin to decide who’ll get what.”
Removing trucks from Thomas seems a universal goal. DOH presented a hastily drawn bypass last fall at B.F.S.P.–both convoluted and dangerous. Multiple lefthand turns across traffic, at night, in the fog, snow, ice…this is dangerous; moreover, it is unnecessary. Alternatives exist. The bypass is one big issue: Let’s not forget the road’s impacts on streams and wetlands; what might be the most attractive gateway to the Canaan Valley region; how about bike route connections to entice even more visitors…there are many topics needing discussion and agreement.
The two towns should address and reach consensus on both communities’ concerns. Early on, it’s conversation and discussion: reach no consensus, or worse, don’t even try, and it becomes argument, lawsuit, and delays. It’s either the towns make the decisions–or we hand over the decision making to DOH or the Courts.
All Federal Highway construction occurs under National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) guidelines. NEPA empowers local communities by mandating DOH must consider communities’ inputs when making highway decisions. It is up to Davis and Thomas to articulate and express our collective wishes to DOH. Will we come together and benefit from this NEPA-provided power, or squabble and squander that power? The choice is ours.
Davis and Thomas, what would it take to sit down and talk?