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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Darin Simpson
August 25, 2003
Pager: 304-295-1364
   

DOH to Open 1.9-Mile Segment of Corridor D

CHARLESTON-The first completed segment of new Appalachian Corridor D, 1.9 miles from I-77 to WV 47 in Parkersburg, will open September 8, Division of Highways officials announced today.

Motorists traveling westbound on US 50 from Clarksburg will enter the new roadway at the I-77 intersection and exit 0.7 mile later at the 7th Street intersection back onto US 50, while local westbound traffic may continue on the new roadway to exit at the WV 47 intersection.

Motorists traveling eastbound on US 50 will enter the new roadway via a cloverleaf ramp off 7th Street, utilize a temporary crossover and merge back into the existing roadway at the I-77 intersection. Local eastbound traffic from WV 47, however, will be able to utilize the entire segment from that intersection to either the 7th Street or I-77 intersections.

The portion of 7th Street currently providing access to Core Road, Wayside Road and several restaurants and hotels will no longer be a through route but will be maintained as a frontage road to access these areas.

Bizzack, Inc. of Lexington, Kentucky, was the contractor on three projects, totaling $36.5 million, that comprise the segment to be opened. Work included more than a million cubic yards of excavation, a 16x8-foot precast box culvert to carry Worthington Creek under the Corridor D mainline and four bridges.

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