EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSNew WV State Police Facility Dedicated
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 8, 2013 5:32 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 8, 2013 11:08 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A new West Virginia State Police detachment building that cost more than a half million dollars and was largely funded with out-of-state toll money was dedicated Thursday.
The 2200-square-foot facility, which was profiled on Eyewitness News' Waste Watch segment, will serve as the headquarters for State Police Troop 7 and replaces an out-of-date building that had been constructed in the 1950s.
The price tag was $550,000 and the building was paid for by West Virginia Turnpike tolls, 70 percent of which comes from out-of-state motorists.
The new space offers more room and security for troopers who patrol the northern segment of the Turnpike.
“The building that was here before was an old side toll plaza from the 1950s,” Greg Barr, of the W.Va. Parkways Authority said. “It was not designed for being utilized as a State Police detachment at all, but it was being used for that. It was aging to the point that it had to be torn down and replaced in some way.”
The building is located off of the Turnpike's exit 95 at MacCorkle Avenue.
It's named after former parkways authority board member Cam Lewis. He was a driving force behind the project.
Lewis passed away in March.
The new detachment is located off of the Turnpike's exit 95 at MacCorkle Avenue.
Turnpike troopers also use sites in Beckley and Princeton to process arrests and do their paperwork.
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