Pedestrian tunnel planned at W.Va. state fair

By The Associated Press

FAIRLEA, W.Va. – The state plans to build a pedestrian tunnel to improve access to the State Fair of West Virginia’s fairgrounds.

The $2 million tunnel will run underneath southbound U.S. 219 in Fairlea. It will be located just north of an existing pedestrian bridge that links two parcels owned by the fair.

State fair CEO Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe tells The Register-Herald the goal is to have the project completed by the 2015 fair.

The tunnel will improve access to the fairgrounds for people with physical disabilities. The pedestrian bridge was built in 1975, before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law.

Pierson-Jolliffe says the bridge is legal but a steep incline leading up to its crest can be difficult for some people to navigate.

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