(The Exponent Telegram 4/11) A five-month construction project for nearly six miles along Interstate 79 started Monday between Anmoore and Lost Creek. Motorists traveling northbound or southbound will see Triton Construction contractors install concrete barriers and remove and replace pavement markings on local bridges during weekdays. The approximately $3.8- million construction project will occur between mile posts 111 and 117.5.
(The Intelligencer 4/12) A new natural gas-fueled power plant is being developed at the former site of Ormet Aluminum Corp. in Monroe County. Ormet closed its facility in 2013 due to high electricity costs at the time and the inability of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to grant the rate relief the company said was needed for it to continue operating. The site was purchased by Niagara Worldwide in 2014 and is now known as the Center Port Terminal.
(West Virginia MetroNews 4/12) Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff Nick Casey has raised the possibility that the Governor will allow the budget approved by the Legislature last weekend to go into effect without his signature. If so, that would represent a concession by Justice that despite his almost daily public lobbying and periodic private meetings with legislative leaders, he simply cannot impose his will on the Legislature.
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph 4/12) An organization promoting the construction of a major highway through southern West Virginia, the King Coal Highway I-73/74 Authority, is seeking enough money to stay in operation. Executive Director Mike Mitchem appeared Tuesday before the Mercer County Commission and said his organization’s budget had been reduced. Mitchem stated he has spoken with the governor’s office about the situation and was told no money would be available until July, and that is only if the funding request goes through.
(MetroNews 4/12) A December deadline is looming large for Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing plant in Martinsburg and officials said Wednesday construction crews are working double shifts to make it happen. Officials from P&G conducted tours for members of the media and some government representatives to give an update on progress at the Tabler Station site. So far, the first building, which could produce Bounce Fabric Enhancer products beginning in December, has its steel beams up and is under roof. The first piece of manufacturing equipment is set to arrive Monday. A second building, set to begin construction on Friday, will house the plant’s packaging operations. (Site Contractor: ALL Construction)
(West Virginia MetroNews 4/12) The state Division of Highways has been asked to consider delaying payments to its vendors in light of the state’s financial situation. Currently the payments are made approximately three weeks after a bill is received. DOH spokesman Brent Walker says the Justice administration has asked the agency to consider delaying the payments to a six-week window.
(The Journal 4/13) Work on Procter & Gamble’s manufacturing plant will shift into third gear this summer, with the company doubling its construction crew, now that the plant’s steel superstructure is quickly going up, said company officials on Wednesday. The goal: to make its limited opening deadline by this fall, plant officials said. (Site Contractor: ALL Construction)
(Parkersburg News and Sentinel 4/13) Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce provided a list of the streets to be addressed to City Council members this week. City Engineer Justin Smith said 142,152 square yards of road will be milled and approximately 13,812 tons of asphalt put own on them.
(Bluefield Daily Telegraph 4/13) A new project planned for the Bluewell area will bring water access to 127 homes. Shay Alfred, project manager and GIS specialist with the Region I Planning & Development Council, said the $3.5 million water project will tap into the Bluewell Public Service District’s line and run more than 51,000 feet to the Browning Lambert Mountain area.
(The Register-Herald 4/13) The National Park Service will install accessible walkways and playground equipment at two locations in the Grandview area of the New River Gorge National River. Improvements will be made to both the main playground area and the playground between shelters 3 and 4. “The Grandview area of the park is beloved by many, and we are excited that the new walkways and updated playgrounds will allow us to better serve more visitors,” said Lizzie Watts, New River Gorge NR superintendent.
(The Register-Herald 4/13) Although a bill to eliminate the West Virginia Parkways Authority failed to pass, the agency still faces uncertainty beyond 2019, the Parkways general manager said. Before the start of the session, the Parkways Authority asked legislators to take up the issue of whether to continue the tolls on the turnpike beyond 2019. Right now, the bonds are set to be paid off in May 2019.
(West Virginia MetroNews 4/13) Renovations to the long empty State Capitol Complex’s Building 3 will be “substantially complete” by the end of April and moves into it could begin by June, according to information from the West Virginia Department of Administration. (Contractor: Paramount Builders)
(West Virginia MetroNews 4/13) U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patrick Flatley approved Thursday a financing plan for the construction of a new bridge at Crossings Mall in Elkview. A bridge leading to the mall was destroyed in the June 2016 flood. More than 500 people who worked at the mall and nearby properties lost their jobs. (Contractor: Applied Construction Solutions)
(The Journal 4/14) The Martinsburg City Council approved spending $674,985 to purchase granular activated carbon equipment for the Big Springs Water Treatment Plant at its council meeting on Thursday night. The city awarded the contract to TIGG, LLC, of Oakdale, Pennsylvania, which submitted the lowest bid at $674,985, said City Water Director Steve Knipe. The bid was $35,000 less than the next closest bid.
(Preston County News & Journal 4/14) The roof on the Kingwood Pool is gone, and while Mother Nature helped with the removal unexpectedly on March 31, plans were already in the works for local companies to donate their time and equipment to do the same. “March-Westin Company Inc. of Morgantown volunteered to remove the roof and concrete enclosure around the pool,” Kingwood Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Stiles said. “They contacted us after they heard Pool Committee co-chairs Jessica and Mike Lipscomb were hoping someone would help with it. Mountaineer Contractors/Preston Contractors of Kingwood supplied three pieces of equipment.
(The Register-Herald 4/14) Yeager Airport officials have submitted emergency infrastructure proposal to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, calling for the installation of a new system to stop planes that overshoot the end of the runway.
(The Intelligencer 4/15) Ohio County Schools officials should be able to get Wheeling Island Stadium ready for the Super Six high school football championships in December, according to West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Bernie Dolan.
(West Virginia MetroNews 4/15) Structural inspection is expected Monday on the west grandstand of Wheeling Island Stadium after workers noticed a shift in the concrete structure. Taking precaution against a potential collapse, police on Friday closed South Penn Street in front of the stadium. A lacrosse match scheduled for the stadium had to be relocated.
(West Virginia Press 4/15) Replacement of fish rearing pond liners at the Apple Grove Hatchery in Mason County started this week, Stephen McDaniel, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, announced Thursday. “This project is one component in a series of capital improvements planned for the state’s fish hatcheries and will prepare the agency to continue to raise and stock sport fish in the state,” said McDaniel.
(West Press 4/15) Repair work may begin next week on the U.S. 22 Veterans Memorial Bridge between Steubenville and Weirton after the deck and an expansion joint were damaged by a piece of equipment that fell off a truck late Wednesday evening. The equipment first hit an expansion joint on the bridge and then damaged the concrete bridge deck. One lane of Ohio 7 was closed because of concerns about debris falling from the bridge.
(The Parkersburg News and Sentinel 4/16) Construction on the Memorial Health System’s Belpre campus is continuing, with a new building and new offerings on the way. Part of that growth will include a restaurant called The Changed Plate, which focuses on healthy eating, according to Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing.
(Charleston Gazette-Mail 4/16) Construction is underway for the city of Charleston’s long-awaited bicycle lanes along a stretch of Kanawha Boulevard. Crews were working on the city’s West Side last week and will continue early this week to remove and pave the grassy medians along Kanawha Boulevard West between Patrick Street and Magic Island, according to assistant city engineer Aaron Morris. (Contractor: West Virginia Paving, Inc.)
(The Parkersburg News and Sentinel 4/16) Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company earned two safety awards from Contractors Association of West Virginia. The Contractors Association of West Virginia (CAWV) recognized Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company for safety excellence in the workplace. The Parkersburg location received the “CAWV 2016 Safety Award – Specialty Contractor Division.”
(The Intelligencer 4/17) A wide variety of tenants, including hospital workers, hockey players and senior citizens, will call the corner of 16th and Main streets home, as the Boury Lofts complex nears completion with the majority of its 73 units already leased. “We see a trend all around the country of people wanting to live in downtown city areas again,” David Cooper, co-owner of the Woda Group Inc., the project’s developer, said. “We knew there was a growing demand for this in Wheeling.”
(The Herald-Dispatch 4/17) The city of Ashland has approved a nearly $700,000 contract with Mountain Enterprises to start its annual street paving project next month, according to Mayor Steve Gilmore. The city should have about $1.3 million for street paving work in 2017, about $790,000 in gas tax funds and $500,000 from the city's general fund, said City Engineer Ryan Eastwood.
(West Virginia Press 4/17) Charlie Dennie has walked every foot of a 30-mile route that snakes through South Charleston, Charleston and Kanawha City, familiarizing himself with the people and businesses in the planned path of a project he hopes will help West Virginia compete in the internet age.
(State Journal 4/17) West Virginia is at a defining moment in its history. The next four years have the real possibility of dramatically affecting the next 30 years. What West Virginia will look like in 2050 is all about today and the future we choose to pursue. Reacting to events has clearly not worked for the state in the past. Now is the time to define what we want to become and how we, as a state, might best implement these strategic goals. Thinking big and being proactive is the name of the game.
(Exponent Telegram 4/17) Road construction on Interstate 79 has some citizens concerned about what is going to happen over the next several months on the freeway between Lost Creek and Anmoore in Harrison County. Carrie Jones, communications specialist for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, said the work started out as separate projects with different bids.(Contractor: Triton Construction, Inc.)
(Charleston Gazette-Mail 4/17) The West Virginia Division of Highways was to begin work to replace the concrete bridge deck of the U.S. 119 (Corridor G) overpass ramp to Interstate 64 on Monday night. (Contractor: Kokosing Construction Co., Highway Safety, Inc.)
(Charleston Gazette- Mail 4/17) A glimpse into West Virginia’s economic future can be achieved, oddly enough, by charting the historical rise, decline and resurrection again of the massive Marcus Hook petroleum refinery complex in eastern Pennsylvania. From its very beginnings nearly 100 years ago, economic forces profoundly similar to those West Virginia is seeing today drove planners to construct a giant oil refinery along the Delaware River near Philadelphia, resulting in an entirely new economic sector in the region.
(Charleston Gazette-Mail 4/17) Costs for the Charleston Civic Center expansion project are going up again. Charleston City Council members approved a $1.2 million change order Monday related to the Civic Center’s renovation. The signed change order brings costs for the Civic Center project up to almost $93.6 million. (Architect: ZMM Architects & Engineers, Inc., Contractor: BBL Carlton, LLC)
(The Intelligencer 4/18) Structural engineers should arrive today to advise Ohio County Schools officials in the ongoing efforts to repair the seating area on the west side of Wheeling Island Stadium. On Monday, Superintendent Kim Miller and others were thankful no one was hurt when one of the concrete panels at the top of the stadium crashed to the ground unexpectedly. The concrete smashed through the fence that surrounds the stadium, although the slab did not disintegrate on impact. (Contractor: Savage Construction Company)
(The Parkersburg News and Sentinel 4/18) The Belpre City Schools Board of Education is moving forward with plans for the 2017 graduation and end of the current school year. Monday’s monthly school board meeting was moved from the Stone Administration Center to the library at Belpre High School. It was preceded by an hour-long meet and greet session at the high school for recently hired district treasurer Lance Erlwein and was attended by several community and district members.
(The Journal 4/18) Road construction on King Street in Martinsburg has affected traffic. Weather permitting, crews estimate King Street will be a one-way street into today. The construction is a continuation of the Church Street Stormwater Upgrade Project that began in December 2016. Michael Covell, city engineer and planning director for the City of Martinsburg, said the roadworkers are in the final stages of restoration.
(The Register-Herald 4/18) At the request of a Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce representative, Beckley Common Council has submitted a resolution to the West Virginia Legislature, asking state lawmakers to continue toll collection on the West Virginia Turnpike. Around $90 million is collected in annual toll revenues, with $67 million coming from out-of-state drivers who prefer the Turnpike, officials reported.
(The Parkersburg News and Sentinel 4/18) Frontier Local Schools can finally begin to put the Ohio School Facilities Commission contract behind it as the district begins looking forward to when renovations will take place. The district entered into the program in November 1999 to build elementary schools and update the high school.
(The Intelligencer 4/18) With the weather turning warm, several repair projects are beginning in Belmont County with the goal of making roads safer for travelers. Work began Monday afternoon on a road slip repair project on Ohio 647 north of Martins Ferry. Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. is the Ohio Department of Transportation’s contractor for the project, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-May, weather permitting.
(Preston County News & Journal 4/18) County officials continue to move forward with plans to redevelop the Poor Farm property. In December, commissioners received the Mills Group estimated cost to upgrade the wrestling barn of $370,830. Some of the items included in the cost are insulating the entire building, upgrading the electric to code and a new HVAC system. Commission President Craig Jennings said the first step is to request bids to get an accurate cost to do the work.
(WVDOT Press Release 4/18) The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) will hold an Informational Workshop Public Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Suncrest Middle School in the commons area/cafeteria, located at 360 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia on the proposed intersection project at University Avenue (County Route 55), Collins Ferry Road (County Route 57), and Baldwin Street in Morgantown, WV. This meeting complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Visit the WVDOH Website at http://go.wv.gov/dotcomment for project information and the opportunity to comment on the project.