West Virginia awards $49M contract to widen Interstate 81

September 26, 2018

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Department of Transportation has awarded a $49 million contract to widen part of a highway.

Gov. Jim Justice’s office tells news outlets in a statement that he announced on Tuesday the award of the contract to A.L.L. Construction Inc. to expand Interstate 81. The project will widen 3.6 miles (5.8 kilometers) of I-81 from four lanes to six.

Department Division of Highways project engineer Rion Wimer has said it’ll help eliminate traffic congestion near Martinsburg.

Officials say construction is scheduled to start this fall and continue to 2020. The Mount Storm-based company was the lone bidder for the project.

The work is being funded by a constitutional amendment voters passed last year that gave the state Legislature authority to issue $1.6 billion in bonds over the next four years.

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