Concerned community members and residents of the Bomont area met with representatives of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) Thursday at H.E. White Elementary to discuss the plans for upcoming construction of the PFC Abraham G. Sams Memorial Bridge at Camp Creek. With the April 1 deadline quickly approaching, WVDOH officials held the informational meeting to provide routes of the new bridge, construction dates and updates on environmental issues. The WVDOH’s preferred route for the new bridge is located South of the current location and will run through a portion of the Samples property on the Camp Creek side of the river. Lovell Facemire, the WVDOH representative facilitating the meeting, said the preferred route will have the least effect on the endangered muscle species and would be the easiest to construct.
Citizens were encouraged to provide testimony during the public hearing, and several took advantage of the opportunity. The WVDOH is still open to receive public comments on the proposed project and residents are encouraged to let their voices be heard. Written comments may be mailed to R.J. Scites, P.E., Director Engineering Division, West Virginia Division of Highway, 1334 Smith Street, Charleston, WV 25301 or by visiting the WVDOH website at go.wv.gov/dotcomment. Comments must be received by March 30, 2015. A follow up community meeting will be held at a later date.