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W.Va. awards I-81 paving contracts

June 09, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Be advised, road construction season is upon us.

And this year, thanks to federal stimulus money, motorists traveling on Interstate 81 in Berkeley County, W.Va., will be subjected to navigating more than eight miles of paving work in the coming months.

W-L Construction & Paving Inc. of Chilhowie, Va., and Jefferson Asphalt Product Co. on Tuesday were awarded bids to repave sections of the highway, according to West Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Karen Zamow.

The state is expected to give the contractors notice to proceed with the work within 30 days and the projects are expected to be completed by October, Zamow said.

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W-L Construction & Paving's $1,589,324 bid for paving a 4.27-mile section of the highway from the Virginia state line north toward Inwood, W.Va., was the lowest of two bids, according to bid results posted on WVDOT's Web site.

Jefferson Asphalt's $2,121,659 bid for paving 4.65 miles of I-81 from the Maryland state line to just south of Koontztown Road was the lowest of three proposals submitted.

The I-81 paving will join a project to revamp the exit 8 bridge over I-81 for the connector road that is under construction through Tabler Station Business Park to U.S. 11.

Work on the exit bridge's foundation could begin next week, according to Kenneth L. Clohan, area construction engineer for the state Division of Highways.

As of May 31, the Tabler Station project was 11.2 percent complete, Clohan said.

In addition to I-81, work continues on other state highway projects:

o W.Va. 9, between Charles Town, W.Va., and Martinsburg, remains on schedule to be completed in August 2010, if not earlier, depending on weather conditions, Clohan said.

The new four-lane section from Opequon Creek bridge to ID Van Metre Road, also known as Short Road, is 98.57 percent complete, but that status does not include change orders that might have added work to the project.

The section from ID Van Metre Road to Leetown Road in Jefferson County is 60.61 percent complete, and Clohan said officials hope to reopen Coast Guard Drive to traffic in the next week or two after building a bridge over the new route for W.Va. 9.

"Everything is still ahead of schedule," Clohan said.

Work on the section from Cattail Run Road in Jefferson County to the Shenandoah River, including a bridge over Bloomery Road, is about 13 percent complete.

o The widening of U.S. 11, including a turn lane and utility work, between the community of Pikeside south of Martinsburg and the intersection with Apple Harvest Drive is 27 percent complete, but limited one-lane traffic conditions are expected to continue as work progresses.

o Traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Apple Harvest Drive (W.Va. 45) and Winchester Avenue (U.S. 11), entrance roads to Sheetz and the new Lowe's, Foxcroft Avenue and exit 12 of Interstate 81 are about 60 percent complete, with the remaining work expected to be done this month.

Traffic signals at the congested U.S. 11/W.Va. 51 intersections in Inwood are substantially complete, Clohan said.

o Paving on Wilkes Street in the Town of Bath in Morgan County, including drainage work, is under way.

The state is expected to give the contractors notice to proceed with the work within 30 days and the projects are expected to be completed by October, Zamow said.

W-L Construction & Paving's $1,589,324 bid for paving a 4.27-mile section of the highway from the Virginia state line north toward Inwood, W.Va., was the lowest of two bids, according to bid results posted on WVDOT's Web site.

Jefferson Asphalt's $2,121,659 bid for paving 4.65 miles of I-81 from the Maryland state line to just south of Koontztown Road was the lowest of three proposals submitted.

The I-81 paving will join a project to revamp the exit 8 bridge over I-81 for the connector road that is under construction through Tabler Station Business Park to U.S. 11.

Work on the exit bridge's foundation could begin next week, according to Kenneth L. Clohan, area construction engineer for the state Division of Highways.

As of May 31, the Tabler Station project was 11.2 percent complete, Clohan said.

In addition to I-81, work continues on other state highway projects:

o W.Va. 9, between Charles Town, W.Va., and Martinsburg, remains on schedule to be completed in August 2010, if not earlier, depending on weather conditions, Clohan said.

The new four-lane section from Opequon Creek bridge to ID Van Metre Road (also known as Short Road) is 98.57 percent complete, but that status does not include change orders that might have added work to the project.

The section from ID Van Metre Road to Leetown Road in Jefferson County is 60.61 percent complete, and Clohan said officials hope to reopen Coast Guard Drive to traffic in the next week or two after building a bridge over the new route for W.Va. 9.

"Everything is still ahead of schedule," Clohan said.

Work on the section from Cattail Run Road in Jefferson County to the Shenandoah River, including a bridge over Bloomery Road, is about 13 percent complete.

o The widening of U.S. 11, including a turn lane and utility work, between the community of Pikeside south of Martinsburg and the intersection with Apple Harvest Drive is 27 percent complete, but limited one-lane traffic conditions are expected to continue as work progresses.

o Traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Apple Harvest Drive (W.Va. 45) and Winchester Avenue (U.S. 11), entrance roads to Sheetz and the new Lowe's, Foxcroft Avenue and exit 12 of Interstate 81 are about 60 percent complete, with the remaining work expected to be done this month.

Traffic signals at the congested U.S. 11/W.Va. 51 intersections in Inwood are substantially complete, Clohan said.

o Paving on Wilkes Street in the Town of Bath in Morgan County, including drainage work, is under way.

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