Bids for I-70 road bond project over estimates


The West Virginia Department of Transportation has given an update on projects related to the road bond in Ohio County. 

The WVDOT says the bids have come back for a major Roads to Prosperity project in that includes around 25 bridges, abutments, approaches and work on and around those structures.

Those bids are higher than estimated. About $100 million higher in fact. 

“We often times get bids that are higher than our internal estimates,” said WVDOT Director of Communications Brent Walker. “We are currently putting that through the review process, which we do with every project.” 

Walker also said that review process will determine if the WVDOT re-bids the project or awards it to one of the companies. 

“Doesn’t put us behind necessarily with the project,” Walker added. “It’s an important project. That project is going to happen. We’re just going to simply review and see if there was any special circumstances that might have contributed to that to those coming in a little higher than our estimates.”

As far as when work could start, Walker said at the earliest in a month or two. The schedule for the work will e determined after the review process. 

“It’s an important project,” he continued. “It’s important to everyone and certainly it’s something that is going to move forward. 

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