CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to move forward on a number of highway projects in West Virginia during 2015.

State Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox recently told MetroNews the calendar this year includes advancements on several major projects already underway.

“We’ve got West Virginia 10 down in Logan County. We have let all the mainline contracts and look forward to letting the contract on the paving this year,” said Mattox. “We also continue work on Corridor H. We hope 2015 will see us complete Corridor H almost to the town of Davis.”

The next target for Corridor H will be the section form Parsons to Kerens. Mattox was optimistic that could be launched this year as well.

“It’s a beautiful highway and we’re doing the preliminary engineering work and getting the environmental documents in order on the Parsons to Kerens project,” he said. “We’re hopeful to let the initial contract in 2015 also.”

One other major project on the agenda for the state this year will be to launch construction on the Wellsburg Bridge across the Ohio River in Brooke County. The project will take about three years to complete.

As usual, funding will be a big obstacle in 2015.  Mattox said the new P-3 financing model has been helpful in maximizing the work they can do with the current funding levels.

“It allows us to procure the services of a contractor and engineering firm up front,” he said. “Then we make monthly payments on whatever the course of the contract would call for.”

 

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  • Roscoe Swerpes

    What about that highway from Charleston......oh.... They got all their roads and some that should have been elsewhere.

  • billy

    It would be nice if they could just fill the potholes here in the southern part. There was smoke coming out of one near the house and I guessed they had named a new pope.

    • Reality

      That is the commissioners new fangled snow removal system.

    • John

      That is hilarious.

  • Reality

    Now-maintenance and repair in all districts will be stripped/looted to almost non-existence.Trickle-Down Manchinomics

  • dangerousdaneerfan

    A four lane Rt 2 from Huntington to Chester has been promised for years. Still waiting....

    • DIASPORA

      You already have it. It's called OH 7.

      • Aaron

        Oh 7 is not 4 lane.

    • Aaron

      I agree, that is one of the roads that should be complete, starting on the upper end. anyone traveling between Moundsville and Parkersburg understands there are bottlenecks in every small town along the way that doubles what would be a 90 minute trip on a 4 lane highway to 3 hours.

  • Alum

    Corridor H - 50 years in the making and still incomplete. Why have all the other designated highways in this system, recommended by the ARC, been completed but this one continues to languish?

    • in da stickes

      Perhaps with the changes in the Legislature, we may be able to finish Corridor H. Folks down south don't realize how important that road is to finally tying the Eastern Panhandle to the rest of the state and how important that road is to the economic development of central and southern West Virginia.

      • Patsfan

        Hopefully with the changes in legislature Corridor H will stop!

    • Mountain Navy

      You have to remember enviro whackos fought it for decades.

      • Patsfan

        We will never see Corridor H finished in our lifetime!! I'm thankful!!!! We don't need it....

        • Watching

          Then maybe you will pass in the next few months and we can get it finished. For I can tell that you are not effected with it not being completed. Me, I plan on seeing it finished.

          • Patsfan

            @watching LOL it's good to have a plan a 50 year plan!!

          • Patsfan

            Oh it will affect property owners and business owners!! People that have owned their resteraunts/stores for years will have competition rolling in and the money flow will stop especially in Davis!!

          • Patsfan

            Don't hold your breath, we'll go ahead! Be careful what you wish for!

  • Ron from Morgantown

    Let's face it , we all want new and shiny things ; but we don't want to pay for them . Gas prices have dropped ; now would be the perfect time to increase the gas tax by 25 cents so we can get all the infrastructure we want .... and then some .

    • Mountain Navy

      WV already has high gas prices. Still 2.59 in my area. But go across the border and it is 1.95. So where do you think I am going to buy my gas?

      • Shadow

        That is the exact reason that the License Fee should be increased $100 and put all of it that into the Road Fund for 5 years and see what it would do for the State. Ron is right, WV wants someone else to pay for the Play Pretties. And that ain't gonna happen today.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    More cabins will be built as part of the" supply and demand" economic model .

    • Same ole crap

      Get real. More cabins will be built for the wealthy from DC and Maryland. Not for native West Virginians. Only the investors and real estate developers will prosper. Native residents will not prosper except for service industry jobs that pay absolutely nothing. It is a tragedy when a citizens can't afford to utilize our state parks and what they offer. It's no longer our state to enjoy. Ark my word. Tucker county and many other places will soon be bought up and the culture and environment changed forever.

      • Mountain Navy

        A lot of locals are building cabins in our area.

  • Sick and Tired of Politicians

    We tried to rent a cabin at Canaan Valley state park in 2014 for the first time since living here for over 50 years. We were told we must reserve a year in advance cause the folks from DC reserve everything. That's BS. Also, the prices after the remodel at Canaan increased way past my budget. It's no longer for the state resident. So Corrider H to Davis is being built so the real estate agents and other politicians can sell more property at redicluous prices to the DC and MD suburbanites and push WV natives clear out of the picture. More Timberline resort type developments. It happened in the Eastern Panhandle ten years ago. Young people here cannot afford to buy land or a house and simply move away. Drugs and all the associated crimes followed quickly. Our state has been raped over and over again. It's pristine beauty will continue to be exploited while the native residents continue to lose their land md heritage. Hey Mr. Mattox and Governor Tomblin where are the road projects for Berkeley County? Our roads suck here and we are growing everyday.

  • Beekeeper

    King Coal Highway? Southern WV out in the cold again.

    • DIASPORA

      King Coal needs to be finished, so all of the rich folks from SW Va. can move it and take over, just like the ones from No Va. will because of Cor H

    • Sick and Tired of Politicians

      +1

  • Aaron

    A new bridge crossing the Kanawha between Nitro and St. Albans is desperately needed and should be priority.

    • Larry

      The nitro/st. Albans bridge was recently replaced.

      • Aaron

        You are right Larry, I should have clarified that the new bridge is needed on the interstate. It should be one of the top priorities for DOH officials.

      • Todd

        Larry the I64 bridge between Nitro and St.Albans has not been replaced. It should be a priority as a lot of accidents occur on this bridge. Another priority should be the completion of route 35. How many more lives will be lost before this road is finished?

        • Larry

          Right, he didn't specify which bridge, the one that actually connects the cities has been replaced. I agree, Rt. 35 should be finished before any of the others, there's much more traffic on it than corridor H and Rt. 10 combined.

          • Mason County Contrarian

            Not enough votes in economically depressed Mason County.

    • Ron from Morgantown

      To quote Bush41 , " Not gonna happen " .

  • Matt

    So, is completing Rt 35 off the map?

    • Mason County Contrarian

      Safe to say, Matt. Local hacks, by their own choosing, let the opportunity slip by in favor of politics--simple as that.

      A couple of years ago commission nixed the idea and reversed their policy calling for any means necessary to complete the road including imposition of a $2 toll. Cheap toll, but turns out it would cost incumbents votes. Since that opportunity, several have been killed, injured. A county school bus has likewise been involved in one accident.

      Just a matter of time........until.....well, we all know how it will end.

      At least you know what your life is worth when traveling the Mason County portion of Rt. 35.

      • Aaron

        When the toll bill passed, DOH officials had all but $45 million needed to complete the highway. Instead of utilizing TIF law as Senator Mike Hall proposed or dipping in the rainy day fund for the money, officials proposed tolling the road to pay for $90 million in bonds. That $90 million included the needed $45 million to complete the road, $25 million to build toll booths on the road and a $20 million operating reserve on the road.

        It is true that car tax was set at $2.00 and truck tolls set at $8 but the reality was, those rates with traffic was not enough to pay off the bonds and according to experts, citizens could expect to see tolls double within 5 years to pay of the bonds.

        It was a horrendous bill and defeating it was the best thing citizen could have done.

      • Silas Lynch

        Oh come on, do you really think the completion of Rt.35 to the front door of Toyota on the dime of the tax payer and expect us to pay a "user fee" for the road beyond? I haven't a problem with a toll but I say put it at the I-64 entrance

        • Larry

          US Rt. 35 is on the opposite side of the river from the Toyota Plant.

          • Aaron

            The 4 lane ends at the bridge that was put in specifically for Toyota and is less than 1 mile from their front gate. The only thing the state could have done to make the road more Toyota friendly was to put the Route 35 exchange at 5 and 20 or Hurricane Creek Road instead of Cow Creek.

  • Marcus

    After Cooridor H reaches Davis that will be it! The RT. Out of DC will be complete! Property taxes will go up drugs will roll in! People better realize what they are asking for! Land/homes will be taken bought from people that had no choice but to sell.

    • Shadow

      The DC drug traders are only supplying the local demand. The answer to this problem is to do away with the local demand and those folks will stay in DC.

    • JustSayNo

      Hey Dude, The drugs are already here!!!

      • Marcus

        Hey dude, open up the pipeline even more.

  • Harpers Ferry

    When is the North Morgantown bypass/I-79/68 connector getting built?

    • flossrancher

      Back when they started talking about this, 25 years or so ago, they could have bought up the land cheap--some trees, some brushy gullies, and a few of double-wides. Now there are at least a couple thousand apartment units in the way. We'll just have to wait for those hover cars now.

    • Ron from Morgantown

      Ha ha

    • Rodrigo

      What are you talking about

      • hillbilly

        At one time there was talk of a "West Run Bypass" to connect I-79 to I-68 - running North of Morgantown..

  • PPT

    I live in Randolph county that corridor H is a joke. The idiot politicans think that highway will bring business to WV. Nothing but drugs and druggies. I forget more crooks from DC. I wish these corrupt politicans would do everyone a favor and commit suicide. The world would be a better place.

    • Ron from Morgantown

      We didn't want the Mon Valley expressway completed either . For the same reasons - drugs and malcontents from Uniontown Pa have an easier drive to WV now . And the road dumps right into the scenic Cheat Lake area . Nobody cared if the last 10 miles was ever built . But for some reason it was fast tracked by the WVDOT and now it's complete . And it benefits nobody living in West Va .

    • Marcus

      Yes to you first sentence.

    • Rodrigo

      +1 to your first sentence

    • Marcus

      +1

  • Mason County Contrarian

    Nothing on Rt. 35?

    Can't place all the blame on state politicos. Plenty to go around for locals, too.

    Not enough votes locally for state politicians, local politicians count on recognition and short voter memory.

    Oh, well......