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Parallel plans

West Virginia Sen. Charles Clements, R-Wetzel, suggested during a state legislative session meeting Sunday that state officials need to have a firm idea of how many miles of parallel road along public highways would need constructed to connect municipalities with recreational trail systems. But Clements endorsed pursuing the idea as a potential boon for economic development.

CHARLESTON — A panel of West Virginia lawmakers heard arguments for greater accommodations for off-road vehicle and electric bicycle use during the state’s interim legislative session Sunday.

State recreation officials filled in the Select Infrastructure Committee on what economic benefits and logistical challenges they expect would come from developing public rights of way for off-road vehicles connecting West Virginia towns with recreational trail systems.

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