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A tunnel through Black Mountain to Virginia from Lynch via HWY 160.

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The isolation and lack of jobs in Cumberland,  Benham and Lynch, as well as partridge KY is heartbreaking and unnecessary.  A more accessible highway would create better access, improve lives and increase income to citizens of Southeast KY.  This route could decrease travel time drastically, as the distance currently is around 5 miles from the bottom of each side, and the route could decrease that distance to around 1 mile.   Top safe speeds across the mountain currently top around 35mph, but most of this is inundated with curves which decrease speed to sometimes 15 or below.   A straight tunnel could increase speeds to at least a constant 45mph, allowing us to arrive in a little over a minute.  Both states would benefit drastically from this measure. 



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