Bill Text: WV SCR31 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: SGT James E. Mattingly Bridge

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-03-09 - House Message received [SCR31 Detail]

Download: West_Virginia-2019-SCR31-Introduced.html


(By Senators Palumbo, Lindsay, Plymale, Stollings, Baldwin, and Jeffries)

[Introduced February 13, 2019]


Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 20-32/3-0.47 (20A683), locally known as NGK Pony Truss, carrying County Route 32/3 over the Pocatalico River in Kanawha County, the “U. S. Army SGT James E. Mattingly Bridge”.

Whereas, James E. Mattingly was born November 14, 1931. He continues to work in the highway construction industry as he has since 1958. James E. Mattingly graduated from Morgantown High School in 1949.  He worked briefly as a coal miner and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, completing a tour of duty stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on October 6, 1952.  He married Jeneane “Bonnie” Vorbach on June 22, 1952; and

Whereas, James E. Mattingly entered West Virginia University in 1954, where he majored in geology with minors in math and chemistry, graduating in 1957.  His employment included work with a mining engineering company doing coal evaluation and supervising core drilling programs, an engineer in charge of research and drafting of property maps for the State Tax Department, and project engineer, foreman, and estimator on highway projects such as Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, Interstate 79 from Fairmont to Jane Lew, Interstate 64 at Clintonville, and Interstate 64 at South Charleston; and

Whereas, James E. Mattingly’s work also included work on the Sycamore Street bridge in Clarksburg, the Stadium bridge at WVU, Pine Grove bridge, Clarksburg by-pass, 6th Street bridge in Clarksburg, Haywood-Lumberport bridge, Simpson Creek bridge in Bridgeport, the Mud River dam in Lincoln County, restoration of the Chicken Railroad at Sector, the Clovis bridge at Blacksville, Rt 19 at Birch River, and Hurricane bridge, as well as the two bridges that lead to the NGK Spark Plug Plant, a project that was completed because James E. Mattingly put his reputation on the line that it would be constructed and completed on time; and

Whereas, James E. Mattingly has held most offices and served or chaired on most committees of the Construction Association of West Virginia, serving as president for 17 months, from January 1989 through July 1990. He also belonged to the West Virginia Association of Land Surveyors, the Geological Society of America, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and is a charter member and past state president of Professional Engineers in Construction; and

Whereas, It is fitting that this bridge be named to commemorate SGT James E. Mattingly and his contributions to our state and country; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge number 20-32/3-0.47 (20A683), locally known as NGK Pony Truss, carrying County Route 32/3 over the Pocatalico River in Kanawha County, the “SGT James E. Mattingly Bridge and, be it  

Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “SGT James E. Mattingly Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.