CHARLESTON — A project to upgrade and widen Van Voorhis Road is among 15 projects included in a bid letting conducted by the West Virginia Division of Highways Tuesday.
Another Monongalia County project included on the list is the replacement of the Everettville Bridge.
No projects are listed for Preston or Marion counties, but there are two for Harrison County, one along I-79.
A large construction project to upgrade U.S. 19 to three lanes from Shady Spring to Beaver is also on the list.
The project will be funded by bonds sold through Gov. Jim Justice’s $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity program.
- ADA curb ramps, Spring Valley, West Huntington, Huntington, and Westmoreland. (Cabell and Wayne counties)
- Elk Creek East Bridge renovation. (Harrison County)
- ADA curb ramps, Chapmanville, Omar and Switzer. (Logan County)
- State Street streetscape project, Madison. (Boone County)
- Cedar Grove sidewalk renovations. (Kanawha County)
- Interstate 77 paving, U.S. 50 to Williamstown Pike. (Wood County)
- W.Va. 28 paving, Crystal Valley to Blues Beach. (Hampshire County)
- U.S. 50 paving. (Grant County)
- District 8 guardrail replacement. (Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties)
- Exit ramp upgrades and widening, Interstate 79 Exit 124. (Harrison County)
- Interstate 79 interchange renovations, Burnsville interchange. (Braxton County)
- U.S. 33 Sheriff Fred Gaudet Bridge, eastbound and westbound renovation. (Upshur County)
Several factors are considered before awarding a bid, including whether a bid falls above or below the WVDOH Engineer’s Estimate and by what percentage. In cases where a bid is above the estimate, WVDOH must consider the project need, repercussions of not awarding the project, additional funding sources and whether sufficient reasons exist for the differences in estimates. Most projects are reviewed, analyzed and awarded within a week of the bid letting, but the process can take longer.
When the Division of Highways has a project that is determined to be best constructed by a contractor, it is processed through the bid letting system. A letting is a scheduled opportunity for contractors to review and bid on several construction projects at one time. Lettings are held once or twice a month and conducted through the Bid Express System online at bidx.com and handled through the Contract Administration Division. Contractors need to subscribe to Bid Express before bids can be accepted on any project.