Virginia Department of Transportation's acting commissioner Greg Whirley is very hopeful the Coalfield Expressway will be built withing a decade. That is what this article from Tricities.Com stresses. The commissioner also states how hard this road will be to build. Building a 4 lane highway through the mountains is challenging indeed. The section of Rt 23 that goes down the mountain from Norton to Powell Valley took many years to build and it is only a couple miles in distance. If you figure the price by the foot it is the most expensive road in the state. I would think there will be parts of this road the same way. I also expect tree huggers and smelly hippies to protest the road and the mining and logging involved to build it. I am not convinced this road will provide any economic advantage to our area. I have traveled the West Virginia portion and most of the time it felt like I was the only one on the road. Time and money will tell.