David Fahrentold reports in the Washington Post:
[P]ork, the habit of using taxpayer money for a legislator’s pet cause.… appears to be stronger even than death.
That’s clear from the story of the Robert C. Byrd Highway, a decades‐old road project in West Virginia that had received earmarked funds for years from Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D‑W.Va.), the longest‐serving senator in history, who died in 2010.
The highway has been maligned as a wasteful road to nowhere. But, now, it has outlived earmarks. It has even outlived Byrd.
This year, with continued support from Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D‑W.Va.) the highway got $40 million in federal money. It will need about that much every year, state officials say, until it’s finished in 2035.