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January 16, 2018

 

CAWV’s Construction Matters is a compilation of news articles from around the state of West Virginia on projects and issues of interest to CAWV members. A brief summary is provided for each article.  To view the full article, click the link to the original source. 

 

Weirton bridge project could spur development opportunities, officials say

(WVNews 1/8)   City leaders are working with state highway officials to figure out if a bridge in the downtown area that was closed five years ago for safety reasons can be salvaged or if it will need to be replaced.  Either way, Weirton City Manager Travis Blosser figures improving and reopening the bridge would enhance economic development opportunities in the downtown area — spurring interest in buildings that have been vacant for years, while also providing trains and trucks unimpeded access to ArcelorMittal's properties.

 

Oak Hill looking toward sidewalks and trails

(The Register-Herald 1/9)  The City of Oak Hill will request nearly $1 million from the state for trails and sidewalk designs and improvements.  If approved by the state, the funds will come in the form of the West Virginia Department of Transportation's Division of Highways Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) grants.  The largest project, an improvement of the city's Main Street between Jones and Central avenues, would be for $400,000.

 

Thrasher says he’s flying back to China for continued work on WV development deal

(West Virginia MetroNews 1/9)  State Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher says he will be leading a small group to China this weekend to continue to develop relationships and work toward progress from the memorandum of understanding on energy development that was announced by the state a few weeks ago.

 

Mon Health to build facility in Pleasant Valley instead of Gateway Connector location, Ground breaking planned for Spring 2018, officials said

(Fairmont News 1/10) The new site is directly behind the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fairmont, which is located on Landing Lane; a location Milvet said is easily accessible to I-79. While Milvet could not say how much the new project would cost or how large the facility would be, Mon Health’s previous plan was to construct a $4.5 million, three-story outpatient clinic near the Connector. Construction in Pleasant Valley will begin in the spring, with a tentative completion scheduled for summer 2019.

 

Beckley Common Council abuzz with building plans

(The Register-Herald 1/10)  Beckley Common Council was abuzz Tuesday with talk of upcoming construction projects. Council approved a resolution request the Beckley Building Commission to authorize the issuance of tax exempt lease revenue bonds of up to $5 million for construction of a new fire station in Beckley. In October, Council had approved on second reading an ordinance that allowed the city to purchase from Allegheny Wood Products for $321,000 a 2.24 acre lot on the northwest corner of the former Superior Highwall property on Ragland Road.

 

“Beginning of the renaissance of Morgantown” says City Manager after $4 million gift

(West Virginia MetroNews 1/10)  City Manager Paul Brake has a defined vision for the future of the riverfront area, one that includes kayaking, boating, walking, and small cafes; but most importantly, it’s a vision that includes people.  Now, that vision is one step closer to reality. The city accepted a $4.1 million grant from the Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust Tuesday to finance the renovation project, which could take up to two years to complete.

 

Martinsburg water-treatment plant back online as upgrades near completion

(Herald-Mail Media 1/10)  Upgrades to Martinsburg's water-treatment system to protect it from an industrial contaminant that apparently migrated from the 167th Airlift Wing base south of the city are expected to be substantially complete next month.  Additional work remains to be done at the Big Springs Water Treatment Plant off U.S. 11, but the facility began operating with a new carbon-filtration system on Dec. 21, Martinsburg Utilities Director Steve Knipe said.

 

Harrison Commission approves roof contract, awards HVAC project

(The Exponent Telegram 1/10)  The Harrison County Commission awarded a $1.67 million bid for a courthouse heating; ventilation and air-conditioning project and approved the contract for a $254,000 roof project Wednesday.  Lombardi Development, Follansbee, will be the contractor for the HVAC system replacement, with Thrasher architects overseeing the work. The contract with Kalkrueth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Wheeling, for $253,848 will begin with a pre-construction meeting in March and an April mobilization.

 

Rough road has residents in one small Wyoming Co. town concerned

(WVVA.com 1/11)  A neighborhood in Wyoming Co. is voicing its concern over a road they say is in desperate need of repair but don't know whom to turn to for help.  Residents say it’s been a problem for years, but now, the road is so bad they are concerned for their safety. "It's been getting bad for about five years slowly, but now it's really bad and it's starting to fall in," Ikes fork resident Sandra Blankenship said.

 

I-77 blasting project near completion

(WVVA.com 1/11) The WV Department of Highways says the blasting portion of the project on I-77 is done and the rolling roadblocks that caused the back-ups are down to a minimum. DOH says the work was a success and they hope to continue to keep drivers safe.

 

Thrasher Group donates $100,000 to Robinson Grand project

(WVNews 1/11)  The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center project received another sizable donation Thursday morning.   Representatives of the Thrasher Group, the Bridgeport-based engineering firm, presented officials from the City of Clarksburg with a check for $100,000. The gift is the most recent in a series of corporate contributions to the $15 million renovation of the historic theater. 

 

Roundhouse authority approves concept to lease fruit-exchange building

(Herald-Mail Media 1/11)  The Berkeley County (W.Va.) Roundhouse Authority agreed in principle Wednesday night to lease the blighted “fruit-exchange” building in Martinsburg to a contractor that wants to restore the structure for business use.  Roundhouse authority members voted unanimously in favor of possibly leasing the building at East Burke Street and White Avenue to Martinsburg-based Modern Renovations LLC for 30 years at no charge in exchange for the contractor’s commitment to restore the deteriorated red-brick structure.

 

EMAS blocks being delivered to Yeager Airport for hillside repair

(West Virginia MetroNews 1/12)  Yeager Airport could have a new Engineered Material Arresting System in place by later this year to replace the one that collapsed at the end of the airport’s runway almost three years ago.  Terry Sayre, director of the Charleston airport, said Friday the EMAS blocks will be delivered by October from the manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace.

 

City of Wheeling considers options for main street buildings

(The Intelligencer 1/12)  A mixed-use building featuring loft-style apartments, a second edition of the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant of Moundsville, or an additional location for the Pizza Milano business of St. Clairsville: are the development options Wheeling officials have for the 1107-1109 Main St. structures.  City officials purchased these buildings — positioned across Main Street from the new headquarters of The Health Plan — for a total of $200,000 in March 2016 with intentions of demolishing them. However, the new Wheeling City Council, led by Mayor Glenn Elliott, decided to work to preserve them upon taking office in July of that year.

 

Construction to begin on Mid-Ohio Valley compressor stations

(The Parkersburg News and Sentinel 1/12)  Construction will start around the end of the month on three multi-million-dollar compressor stations in Calhoun, Doddridge and Jackson counties for the recently approved Mountaineer XPress natural gas pipeline.  Each station will cost about $100 million, said Scott Castleman, manager U.S. natural gas communications for TransCanada, the Columbia Gas Transmission parent company constructing the 165-mile, more than $2 billion pipeline.

 

BOE to approve additional dates, open bidding for construction

(The Exponent Telegram 1/13)  The Harrison County Board of Education will be looking to approve a time to open bids for a bus garage expansion, as well as setting additional meeting dates, when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the central office building.  The bids are for construction of a pre-engineered metal building that’s 3,500 square feet.

 

Cabell BOE to consider unchanged excess levy

(Herald-Dispatch 1/14)  Property tax rates are expected to remain unchanged as the Cabell County Board of Education considers re-approving the district's long-established excess levy for a countywide vote in the spring primary election. The excess levy funds a broad scope of the school district's expenses, including salaries and benefits for professional and service personnel, athletics, learning materials like textbooks and digital resources, costs to pay for substitutes, building construction repair, new equipment and outside contracted services.

 

Third Street Bridge, Coal Run Hollow open  

(The Exponent Telegram 1/14) The Third Street Bridge and Coal Run Hollow are now both open after more than a year of construction, opening up Fairmont’s roadways once again. The bridge, which connects Fairmont Avenue and Locust Avenue, finished a few weeks ago and has been a huge hit among both the community and Fairmont officials.

 

Ohio County BOE to discuss $86 million upgrade proposal

(The Intelligencer 1/14)  Ohio County Schools will host an informational meeting this week to give the public an opportunity to learn more about a proposed $86 million plan to upgrade school properties — and an expected bond issue this spring to fund the measure.  The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the media center at Wheeling Park High School. The event precedes the regular meeting of the Ohio County Board of Education, set for 6 p.m. at the board office, 2203 National Road, Elm Grove.

 

Bob Evans restaurant demolished at Southridge Center

(Charleston Gazette Mail 1/14)  A Southridge Center restaurant was demolished last week to make way for a new Starbucks, set to open later this year.  The Starbucks will be at the site of the former Bob Evans restaurant on Corridor G between Chipotle Mexican Grill and Wendy’s, according to Richard Rashid, president of Ridgeline Inc., a shopping center developer that owns the property.

 

Downtown Wheeling development set to begin

(The Intelligencer 1/14)  Up to 100 new market-rate apartments are planned for a $20 million project at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel headquarters in downtown Wheeling, while city leaders are also working on another parking garage for the 1100 block of Market Street.  “When a developer from outside the area is looking to invest $20 million into a market-rate housing project in your downtown, it says that you are increasingly being seen as a city of opportunity,” Mayor Glenn Elliott said.

 

Appalachian Power announces transmission system upgrades

(MetroNews 1/15)  Appalachian Power and its affiliate AEP West Virginia Transmission Company said Monday they are preparing for much-needed upgrades to transmission systems in four counties. The company said the Meadow Bridge Transmission Line upgrade in Fayette and Greenbrier counties, Carbondale Transmission Line Upgrade in Kanawha and Fayette counties and Pineville Area Power Improvements in Wyoming County are due for upgrades. This means rebuilding over 50 miles of transmission lines and upgrading several substations through these areas.

 

Harrison County Commission to open Harrison-Taylor E911 renovation bids  

(The Exponent Telegram 1/15) Renovations on the new $2.32 million Harrison-Taylor E911 Center at Charles Pointe will begin soon, with the bid opening scheduled Wednesday at the Harrison County Commission meeting. The session will be held at 10 a.m. in the commission hearing room on the third floor of the Harrison County Courthouse.

 

Monongalia County officials hope for some projects to be completed by 2019

(MetroNews 1/15) Officials in Monongalia County have high hopes for the “Roads to Prosperity” program, approved by West Virginia’s voters in October, to start bearing fruit throughout 2018. The $1.6 billion bond proposal to fund road repair and construction projects throughout the Mountain State was approved with large majorities in both houses of the state Legislature.

 

Upper Decker's Creek dam rehab getting under way  

(Preston County News and Journal 1/15) Things are looking up for the Upper Deckers Creek Watershed as construction of the $8 million rehabilitation of the Site No. 1 dam gets under way. Construction should be started at the beginning of April at the dam located on the J.W. Ruby Research Farm.

 

New dawn for West Virginia – Reasons to hope and believe

(State Journal 1/15)  In West Virginia, we have become conditioned to failure and being ranked at the bottom. However, a recent study by GOBankingRates has rated West Virginia first in the country in economic growth, citing gross domestic product growth, a decline in the unemployment rate and a moderate increase in personal income as the key factors in its report listing the “Five Strongest State Economies in 2017.” The growth has started. Construction is underway on a methanol plant in South Charleston. Hino at Williamstown has announced an expansion and a move into the vacant Coldwater Creek facility that will start in 2018. Solvay has announced an expansion that will double the size of its Willow Island facility near Parkersburg.

 

Hoyer says development plans for southern West Virginia industrial park have not changed

(The State Journal 1/15)  West Virginia Adjutant Gen. James Hoyer said scaling back an access road to the Rock Creek industrial park in Boone County should not be seen as an indication that Gov. Jim Justice is losing interest in the project begun under former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.  Nor should the state National Guard’s increasing role in the project be seen as a change in Tomblin’s original vision for the 12,000-acre former Hobet mine site.

 

Coalfield Development Corp. working to end coal country’s cycle of poverty

(The State Journal 1/15)  In 2010, Brandon Dennison was a 24-year-old with a big dream.  Today, he’s the CEO of the Coalfield Development Corp., a multi-million-dollar operation dedicated to creating jobs and providing vital job training for southern West Virginia, where thousands of miners have lost their jobs in the state’s troubled coal industry. Coalfield Development’s various projects provide career opportunities in construction, solar installation, sustainable agriculture, artisanship and other fields.

 

Officials put plans in place to replace Thorn Street Bridge

(Bluefield Daily Telegraph 1/16)  People who wonder how old the Thorn Street Bridge is can look at either end of the span and find small, weathered brass plaques informing the reader that it was constructed in 1947 by a Fayetteville company. This elderly span is now slated for replacement. Director Patricia “Pat” Smith of the Princeton Railroad Museum was asked earlier this month to do a historical study of the nearby Thorn Street Bridge.

 

Appalachian Power announces transmission system upgrades

(MetroNews 1/15)  Appalachian Power and its affiliate AEP West Virginia Transmission Company said Monday they are preparing for much-needed upgrades to transmission systems in four counties. The company said the Meadow Bridge Transmission Line upgrade in Fayette and Greenbrier counties, Carbondale Transmission Line Upgrade in Kanawha and Fayette counties and Pineville Area Power Improvements in Wyoming County are due for upgrades.

This means rebuilding over 50 miles of transmission lines and upgrading several substations through these areas.

 

New dawn for West Virginia – Reasons to hope and believe

(State Journal 1/15)  In West Virginia, we have become conditioned to failure and being ranked at the bottom. However, a recent study by GOBankingRates has rated West Virginia first in the country in economic growth, citing gross domestic product growth, a decline in the unemployment rate and a moderate increase in personal income as the key factors in its report listing the “Five Strongest State Economies in 2017.” The growth has started. Construction is underway on a methanol plant in South Charleston. Hino at Williamstown has announced an expansion and a move into the vacant Coldwater Creek facility that will start in 2018. Solvay has announced an expansion that will double the size of its Willow Island facility near Parkersburg.