Justice: “Ball rolling” on the Downtown Wheeling Streetscape project | News, Sports, Jobs
CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice praised the Downtown Wheeling Streetscape project on Tuesday, saying the long-delayed project will help the friendly city grow.
Speaking during a virtual briefing with reporters Tuesday afternoon at the State Capitol Building in Charleston, Justice said the streetscape project was a long time coming.
“We are finally getting the ball rolling on a project that is really close to my heart,” Justice said. “It took too long, but there were many, many, many changes and everything as we went along.”
St. Albans-based Triton Construction Inc. won the lowest bid for the Downtown Wheeling Streetscape project at $31.9 million – $1.9 million above the estimated cost of $30 million for the project that will make the area between 10th and 16th streets compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and resurface Main and Market streets.
The project includes the creation of curbs, the widening of the sidewalks and the installation of decorative bricks. When completed, the project will also include new lampposts, trees and planters.
Funding for the project includes $1.9 million from the City of Wheeling and $16.3 million from the state Department of Transportation from a federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant for the project . Justice said $100,000 would go towards design and engineering work
“It will beautify this city beyond belief,” Justice said. “I’m sure it will initiate further growth. This is a much needed project…a big project for the City of Wheeling. More and more good things are happening in this area. We absolutely want to take care of this city and make it even better. »
Wheeling officials have been pushing for the project since 2015, requiring state participation since the streets in question are part of W.Va. 2. Justice first expressed support for the project in 2020. Construction is expected begin this fall with final completion scheduled for 2024.
The Wheeling Streetscape was one of six projects put up for competition at the end of July.
Other projects include road marking in Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Summers, McDowell, Mercer, Raleigh and Wyoming counties; Paving of Interstate 64 between the MacCorkle Avenue and Oakwood Road exits in Kanawha County; a high-friction pavement project on Talbott Hill in Barbour County; and paving between Cheat Lake and Coopers Rock in Monongalia County.
U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., and Joe Manchin, DW.Va., also announced on Tuesday afternoon that a $4.2 million RAISE grant was also awarded to Morgantown Monongalia DFO for support the Greenbag Road Corridor Planning and Design Project. Manchin and Capito are both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Today’s grant announcement is great news for those who live, work or travel in Wheeling and Morgantown,” Capito said. “As cities and towns across our state grow, we must continue to invest in key infrastructure projects that meet the economic and local needs of these communities.”
“I have worked closely with the communities of Wheeling and Morgantown for years on these projects, and I am thrilled that they are receiving the funding I have requested to improve our communities, encourage economic development and create safer roads and paths for our fellow West Virginians to use,” Manchin said.