Last Wednesday, Governor Jim Justice approved the project that will ultimately expand a portion of the Mileground in Morgantown from three lanes to four lanes. 

“It’s good news for everybody. Our road surface isn’t the greatest so we will be getting a new surface and increase the capacity,” said Jason Nelson with the West Virginia Dept. of Highways. 

According Nelson  the project that will widen Mileground Road between Donna Avenue and the Roundabout at WV705 to four lanes. On Wednesday the DOH held a meeting to pinpoint the projects timeline. 

“There is a lot of utility work that needs to happen before physical work can start so we probably have a winters work ahead of us,” said Nelson.

The Department of Transportation estimates that this project will begin in November, and finish in October 2020.

Governor Justice’s Office said that major construction work is expected to begin in the Spring of 2019. 

“It will be a huge benefit to Morgantown,” said Nelson.

This project is funded through the ‘Roads to Prosperity Constitutional Amendment’. The Department of Transportation estimates that this project will cost over $8 million dollars.

In  the meantime, Nelson suggests relying on their 511 website for detours throughout the duration of the expansion.