BECKLEY, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday the state is going to use the Private Public Partnership option to build a key stretch of the Coalfields Expressway in southern West Virginia.
Tomblin said the state will advertise for qualified companies in the near future with the possibility of construction starting next spring on a 3.3 mile section connecting the expressway to Mullens.
The PPP option is a fairly new state law that allows the state to join with private companies to help build highways.
The Coalfields Expressway begins at Beckley along I-64/I-77 with plans to run to Grundy, Virginia. The section to Mullens is 19 miles.