Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority
View map of proposed CFX Interstate Connectivity
The primary purpose of the Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority (CFX), created by the Virginia General Assembly, is to improve transportation into, from, within and through Southwest Virginia, assist in regional economic development and generally enhance highway safety in the affected localities of Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties.
The authority was created by the General Assembly in 2017. The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) provides staffing assistance to the Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority.
Under the code of Virginia, the authority has a total membership of 12 members, including nine non-legislative citizen members and three ex officio members. Six of the non-legislative citizen members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates — two each from Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties. Three members are appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, including one each from Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties. The chairmen of the boards of supervisors of Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise counties, or their designees, serve as ex officio members with voting privileges.
The authority will work with counties, municipalities, state and federal agencies, public nonprofit corporations, private corporations, associations, partnerships and individuals for the purpose of planning, assisting and establishing recreational, tourism, industrial, economic and community development of the proposed Coalfields Expressway for the benefit of the Commonwealth.
It is also authorized to work with surrounding states in developing the Coalfields Expressway in the Commonwealth, in an effort to link Interstates 64 and 77 in West Virginia with Route 23 in Virginia, which links to interstates in Kentucky and Tennessee.
The Coalfields Expressway, designated as U.S. Route 121, is also designated as a Congressional High Priority Corridor
View interstate connectivity map here.
CFX Authority Members
Jay Rife – Buchanan County
J.H. Rivers – Wise County
James Keen – Buchanan County
Ed Talbott – Buchanan County
Scott Mullins – Dickenson County
Harry Childress – Dickenson County
Keith Viers – Dickenson County
Bonnie L. Bates – Wise County
J.H. Rivers – Wise County
Melanie Salyer – Wise County
Philip Cook – Buchanan County
Josh Evans – Dickenson County
John Schoolcraft – Wise County
The next meeting of the board of the Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority (CFX) will be at 2 p.m. June 26, 2023 at the Dickenson Center for Education and Research (DCER), 818 Happy Valley Drive, Clintwood, VA.
2022 Annual Report of the Virginia CFX Authority
2021 Annual Report of the Virginia CFX Authority
2017-2020 Annual Report of the Virginia CFX Authority
$7 Million Federal Allocation to Benefit Virginia CFX click here
News release on the Dec. 9, 2022 meeting of the CFX Authority click here.
News release on the May 11, 2022 meeting with VDOT stressing need for CFX click here.
News release on the April 18, 2022 meeting of the Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority click here.
Message from Congressman Morgan Griffith on the Virginia Coalfields Expressway, click here.
The Virginia Code establishing Virginia Coalfields Expressway Authority
CFX Authority Resolution Supporting the Completion of the Coalfields Expressway
Economic Impact of CFX
Chmura Study: “Economic Impact of the Coalfields Expressway in its Corridor in Virginia and West Virginia”