CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded the first General Obligation bond project of Gov. Jim Justice’s Roads to Prosperity program.

Triton Construction, of St. Albans, submitted a winning bid of $105,675,400 to widen nearly eight miles of the West Virginia Turnpike near Beckley.

Justice said a single bid submitted earlier this year was deemed too high.

“At that time I directed Transportation Secretary Tom Smith and his staff to review and rework the criteria so that we get the work done and live within our means as I said we would when we explained the Roads to Prosperity program to the citizens of West Virginia. And that’s exactly what we’ve done,” he said.

The state Parkways Authority is administering the contract.

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