Governor Justice expects I-70 project will begin sooner than you think

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

There’s good news for the Roads to Prosperity projects in Ohio County.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said he expects construction to begin in the spring.

You may recall, bids were rejected for the project back in September after coming in $100 million over budget.

Governor Justice confirmed the state is still committed to the project, which would repair or replace 25 bridges and re-pave along I-70, through Ohio County. 

Justice said officials are currently looking at cutting back, but not on the scope of the project. 

Rather, state officials are looking at different options to bring the cost down.

Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce President Erikka Storch said she hopes this project starts sooner rather than later.

She believes it will be a big economic boost for Ohio County.

“We have to back up and bring things in. Maybe do some of the design work in house with the West Virginia Department of Highways? But that being said, we’ll be back to work on this early spring or early summer of next year,” Justice said.

“The I-70 bridge work is going to start. It’s going to be a major disruption to people, but it needs to happen. It’s progress. Seeing the cones go up will be that sign of progress. We need that for our downtown development, our city in general and for Ohio County’s betterment,” added Storch.

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