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Governor Justice says WVDOT will rebid I-70 project

OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) - The West Virginia Department of Transportation has rejected bids for a major road construction project along I-70 in Ohio County, 

It was part of Governor Jim Justice's Roads to Prosperity bond issue.  

The original project called for repairing or replacing 25 bridges and repaving along the I-70, through Ohio County.

The project was supposed to cost $170 million, but state officials increased the cost to $201 million. 

Governor Justice weighed in on the rejected bid.

"We got the scope expanded beyond what it should have been," Governor Justice said. "We got taken advantage of probably in the bid process a little bit. Naturally things went up in price, you know whether it be steel or whatever that might be. Just to tell it like it is, we're going to re-bid it." 

According to West Virginia Transportation Secretary Tom Smith the state is still committed to the project. We will continue to keep keep you updated.

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