New Visitor's Center Proposed on I-64

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter

Huntington City Council on Monday will be expected to approve a resolution supporting the development of a new Interstate 64 Visitor's Center. During a work session discussion Thursday, April 10, Mayor Steve Williams explained that 10.5 million vehicles annually pass Huntington on Interstate 64.

Referring to a proposal to upgrade/replace the existing visitor's center midway between the Fifth Street and Hal Greer Exits, Williams explained that vehicles that reach the eight mile marker are unlikely to turn around. They have passed Central City, Heritage Farm, Downtown and Kenova.

"It's not the design of the interstate," Williams explained. He cited improper planning for the city's inability to "take advantage" of the ten million plus vehicles passing causing a "continued decline" by not channeling traffic more advantageously into Huntington. "We are a quarter mile from the river and we are dying of thirst," Williams told council members.

The proposed rest stop would be at the Kenova exit, Williams said. All other interstates that enter the Mountain State have superior information and tourism facilities within miles of the entrance.

Williams plans to join Kenova Mayor Dick Griffith and others in telling Governor Tomblin that "we deserve" a replacement to the current "substandard" facility at the eight mile marker.

Council woman Joyce Clark said the proposed new welcoming center would be "useful to the entire area," adding that it could bring additional visitors to Camden Park.

 

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