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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Carol Melling
October 19, 2000
304-558-0103

DOH Corridor D Briefing Set for October 25

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Transportation Secretary Sam Beverage will hold a press briefing Wednesday, October 25, to provide an update on AppalachianCorridor D construction in Parkersburg.

Scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Dils Banquet Center at 6th and Juliana streets in Parkersburg, the briefing will summarize the status of three contracts currently under way in the area as well as upcoming construction projects and the recently announced Ohio River Bridge design. Displays will include photographs, engineering drawings and a short video.

Bizzack, Inc. of Lexington, Kentucky, is nearing completion of a $4.6 million contract for grading and drainage on 0.814 mile of Corridor D from west of 7th Street to east of WV 47 that includes 1,201,244 cubic yards of excavation. The firm has also begun work on a $15.8 million contract, which will complete the segment, calling for nearly 2.6 million cubic yards of excavation to grade 0.2 mile of the mainline and relocate approximately one mile of WV 47 east of its existing alignment. Work also includes construction of prestressed concrete girder bridges. One is a three-span structure replacing the Corning Glass Bridge to carry five lanes of relocated WV 47 over Worthington Creek, another is paired single-span bridges carrying the mainline of US 50 over relocated WV 47 and one is part of a ramp over relocated 7th Street.

Nearing the halfway point is another contract that will facilitate additional construction on Appalachian Corridor D by replacing Wood County Recreation Association baseball and football fields at a new location, also allowing the property remaining after construction to be used for soccer. Trafalgar, Ltd. of Charleston was awarded the $5.7 million project, which calls for 214,218 cubic yards of excavation to provide 13 athletic fields, some lighted, at a new 40-acre Godbey Field site off Gihon Road west of County 32 and WV 14 in southern Parkersburg.

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