By EVAN BEVINS
PARKERSBURG - The final contract for Corridor D in the city will be bid July 12. Gov. Joe Manchin made the announcement Wednesday."This project will provide paving to tie the last of the four-lane highway into the Blennerhassett Bridge over the Ohio River," Manchin said in a news release.
The Corridor D project will make U.S. 50 a four-lane road in and around Parkersburg, as it is from Clarksburg to the city and in Washington County. The project is expected to provide a safer, more efficient travel route and alleviate traffic downtown, while opening up new areas in Wood and Washington counties for development.
The last segment calls for 1.32 miles of concrete pavement from West Virginia 892 to River Hill Road in the Greenland Addition area. The job also includes signing, pavement striping and the installation of lighting and traffic signals at U.S. 50 and W.Va. 892 at the eastbound exit and westbound entrance ramps.
The $119.9 million bridge, the largest single highway contract in West Virginia history, is being built by Walsh Construction Co. of Chicago. It is expected to be completed by 2007.
This latest contract should be done before then, said Brian Kucish, Corridor D project engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways.
"It'll be a small project compared to everything else," he said. "The dirt work's already been performed. The paving work's all this is."
The Ohio Department of Transportation awarded a $21.4 million contract to Kokosing Construction Company Inc. to build the roadway linking the bridge with existing U.S. 50 in Washington County. That work is expected to be finished around the same time as the bridge.
The next stage of Corridor D set to open in Wood County will run from the Division Street exit of the new U.S. 50 to its intersection with W.Va. 68. That area should be ready for traffic by late July or early August, Kucish said.
The road should open from W.Va. 68 to W.Va. 892 by summer 2006, he said.
Posted with permission from The Parkersburg News & Sentinel