Gov. Justice tours progress on I-70 Bridges Project in Wheeling

9/22/2020

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WHEELING, WV – Gov. Jim Justice took a tour of the construction zone for the I-70 Bridges Project during a visit to Wheeling today.

“I wanted to come to see the progress we’re making in the area and I think everyone, from our Highways workers to the contractor, is doing unbelievable work,” Gov. Justice said.

Gov. Justice joined several members of the West Virginia Division of Highways for the tour, including District 6 Engineer/Manager Tony Clark and other project leaders, who provided the Governor with a progress update.
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“Our goal right now is to try to open as many areas as fast as we possibly can,” Gov. Justice said. “With everyone working together so well, I think we’re on pace to wrap up before the original deadline.”

The project – which includes the replacement of the Fulton Bridge just east of the Wheeling Tunnel and the rehabilitation of another 25 bridges along I-70 – is one of the most significant projects of Gov. Justice’s Roads to Prosperity program.

“I know all this construction may be an inconvenience for right now, but it’s going to be worth it to make travel through Wheeling easier and safer than ever,” Gov. Justice said. “This is an area with so many opportunities, but we need to have good roads to be able to bring people into our state.”
In August 2019, Gov. Justice visited Wheeling to announce that the contract for the project had been awarded to Swank Construction Company after the Governor helped secure a cost-savings of more than $60 million from the original low bid.

The I-70 Bridges Project is not the only infrastructure improvement effort underway in the Wheeling area.

In June of this year, Gov. Justice joined West Virginia Department of Transportation leaders and local officials for a virtual press briefing to express the state’s commitment to the Wheeling Streetscape Project; a partnership between the WVDOT and the City of Wheeling that will upgrade West Virginia Route 2 on both Main Street and Market Street in the City of Wheeling. Improvements include repaving the streets, upgrading sidewalks and curb ramps to be ADA accessible, as well as installing new traffic signals.

The Governor also discussed this project during today’s visit.

“Wheeling is a beautiful and vital community to the state of West Virginia,” Gov. Justice said. “If we’re going to market Wheeling, we’ve also got to have our streets downtown in really great shape too and I’ve really been pushing hard for that.”

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