Local projects among 21 awarded by the West Virginia Division of Highways | News, Sports, Jobs

Several construction projects in the northern panhandle of West Virginia were among 21 that were recently awarded by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

The largest of this group was at Kelly Paving for a mine maintenance project along Interstate 70 in Ohio County. Kelly Paving’s winning bid for this project was $8,222,620. Tunnel Ridge Mining has been carrying out longwall mining projects near the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border for several years.

The other Northern Panhandle projects awarded were:

– NLS Paving Inc. for a paving project on Big Wheeling Creek in Marshall County, with a bid of $1,735,627.13.

– Davis H. Elliot Construction Company Inc. on a traffic signal project in Wellsburg, Brooke County, with a bid of $747,500.40.

– Kelly Paving Inc. on a paving project from Hickman Run Road to Greenwood Road in Tyler County, with a bid of $1,530,164.99.

Two bridge replacement projects were among those awarded statewide. Rock Forge Bridge Company has been awarded a $2,999,002.55 contract to replace the Caney Branch Bridge in Mingo County. The bridge currently carries a three tonne weight restriction and would leave local residents stranded if not replaced. SMH Construction Company Inc. has been awarded a $2,178,679.44 contract to replace the Burnsville T-Beam Bridge in Braxton County. The bridge, built in 1929, was closed to traffic in 2019 due to its deteriorated condition.

Several factors are considered before awarding a bid, including whether a bid is higher or lower than the WVDOH engineer’s estimate and by what percentage. In cases where a bid is higher than the engineer’s estimate, WVDOH must consider the needs of the project, the implications of not awarding the project, additional sources of funding, and whether there are sufficient reasons to differences in estimates.

Most projects are reviewed, analyzed and awarded within a week of the call for tenders, but the process can take longer.

When the WVDOH has a project that is determined to be best built by a contractor, it is processed through the bidding system. A lease is a planned opportunity for contractors to review and bid on multiple construction projects at the same time. Rentals occur once or twice a month and are conducted through the Bid Express system online at www.bidx.com and managed by the Contract Administration Division. Contractors must subscribe to Bid Express before bids can be accepted for any project.

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