First paving portion of Kerens to Parsons Corridor H project moves forward

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A major paving project on a section of Appalachian Corridor H is among 17 projects included in a recent bid letting conducted by the West Virginia Division of Highways on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) is reviewing the bids and hopes to award contracts for these projects soon, according to a news release.

Several factors are considered before awarding a bid, including whether a bid falls above or below the WVDOH Engineer’s Estimate and by what percentage. In cases where a bid is above the Engineer’s Estimate, WVDOH must consider the project need, repercussions of not awarding the project, additional funding sources, and whether or not sufficient reasons exist for the differences in estimates. Most projects are reviewed, analyzed, and awarded within a week of the bid letting, but the process can take longer.

One project, which is part of Gov. Jim Justice’s Roads To Prosperity program, is a connector paving project from Kerens to US 219.

“This is the first paving piece on the Kerens to Parsons section of Corridor H,” Deputy State Highway Engineer Ryland Music said. “The project will be a key piece in completing the decades-long construction of Corridor H.”

Construction on the Parsons to Kerens section of Corridor H

Projects which received bids in this letting are:

  • Kerens-US 219 connector paving (Randolph County)
  • Roadway striping, District 6(Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel counties)
  • Roadway striping, District 7(Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Upshur and Webster counties)
  • Roadway striping, District 8(Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties)
  • Roadway striping, District 9(Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas and Summers counties)
  • Roadway striping, District 10(McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh and Wyoming counties)
  • Hushers Run Bridge (Ritchie County)
  • Mount Lookout intersection warning signs (Nicholas County)
  • I-77 Belle ramp over US 60 (Kanawha County)
  • 27th Street Bridge northbound and southbound (Ohio County)
  • Guyandotte Avenue ADA ramp (Wyoming County)
  • Huttonsville-Beverly ADA ramps (Randolph County)
  • West Huntington Signal Renovations (Wayne County)
  • Rada-Junction (Hampshire County)
  • Bear Rock Bridge (Ohio County)
  • Crow-Grandview Road (Raleigh County)
  • The Baisden Family Memorial Bridge (Mingo County)

So far for 2021, low bids for bid lettings have come in more than $9 million below Engineer’s Estimates, WVDOH officials said.

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