Construction work on a 16.2-mile section of Corridor H in West Virginia, US, will begin ahead of schedule.

The new four-lane highway section, which will begin to take shape in the second quarter of next year, will connect Tucker and Grant Counties and is set to be completed by 2013, ahead of the pervious completion date of 2018.

West Virginia will provide $43.2m towards the $216m project, while the rest will be secured from the federal government.

The 100-mile Corridor H is a part of the system of 26 highway corridors proposed by the Appalachian Regional Commission to ensure development of the region, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.