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Heavy/Highway Bulletin

 

HH 2017-37

September 15, 2017

 

FUNDING BILLS RESULT IN INCREASED HIGHWAY FUND REVENUES

Bills to increase funding for the state Road Fund passed during the June special session of the West Virginia Legislature are paying dividends for the West Virginia Division of Highways.  Increases in the wholesale gas tax, DMV fees and privilege tax on vehicles went into effect July 1.  For the first two months of Fiscal Year 2018, the road fund collected $142.8 million, up $17.2 million, or 13.73%, over the same period last year.  Registration fees are up although privilege tax revenue is down. Since privilege taxes have always kept up with inflation, these revenues should increase in the coming months. Governor Jim Justice proposed the revenue fees during his state of the state address in February. The Senate passed the measures during the regular 60-day session but it took two special sessions for the House to finally approve the bills. The bills will generate an additional $140 million annually for the highway and bridge construction and maintenance. A breakdown of revenues for the first two months is below:

 

State highway revenues for July and August are $142.8 million, which is up from the $125.6 million for the same period in 2016. Motor Fuel tax collection from July through August this year is $80.1 million, up $8.3 million from last year’s $71.9 million collection. Registration fees this year are $26.4 million compared to $16.2 million last year. The Privilege Tax on vehicles has collected $36 million this quarter versus $37.1 million last year. 

 

WVDOH Record Setting September Letting

 

The September 12, 2017 WVDOH Highway Letting apparently set a record for dollar volume of bids received. Secretary of Transportation Tom Smith called it the largest single bid letting in the history of the highway department.  The letting included approximately 30 projects to be paid for with GARVEE bonds. The letting totaled over $261 million with GARVEE projects accounting for approximately $240 million of the total.  The legislature passed legislation this year that expanded the department’s capacity for GARVEE bonds from $200 to $500 million.

 

The letting and use of GARVEE bonds was reportedly the administration’s first wave of projects intended to shore up the state’s highways and bridges while also helping create jobs and jumpstart the economy.  The letting included a large number of bridge and paving projects as well as bridge painting and slide repair jobs.

 

Secretary Smith told MetroNews Talkline host Hoppy Kerchival that West Virginia based contractors were low bidders on nearly every project adding, “we know how to structure these things in a way that give our contractors great opportunities and they stepped up in the biggest sort of way this past Tuesday and we look for that to continue (with road bond projects)”.

 

Future waves of large highway lettings will be funded by another round of GARVEE bonds and by the West Virginia Parkways Authority utilizing its own bonding and tolls to fund projects in ten specific counties in southern West Virginia.

 

The biggest wave of projects, however, depend on the successful passage of the road bond amendment on October 7, 2017, as it authorizes the sale of $1.6 billion in road bonds.  The legislature has already passed legislation containing fee increases that provide monies to repay the bonds.

 

APAWV Annual Meeting Next Week at Canaan

 

The Asphalt Pavement Association of WV (APAWV) will be holding its 37th Annual Fall Meeting at Canaan Valley Resort State Park next week, September 21-24, 2017.  The complete agenda can be found at www.asphaltwv.com.  The family oriented meeting will feature business sessions, children’s program, Sunday prayer breakfast and other activities. 

 

ASPHALT FIELD & COMPACTION TECHNICIAN COURSE SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER

 

Due to several requests from CAWV members and WVDOH personnel, an Asphalt Field & Compaction Technician Course has been scheduled to begin on Monday, October 2. The course will be held at WVDOH Materials Division Headquarters located at 190 Dry Branch Road, Charleston, West Virginia, 25306.  A registration form is attached to this week’s Highway Bulletin. For more information contact Pat McDonald at pmcdonald@cawv.org or 304-342-1166. Space is very limited.

 

WVDOH to Discuss Development of New DBE Goals at 2017 Minority Business Expo

 

Members are invited to attend the 4th Annual Minority Business Expo on Wednesday, October 25, 10 am-6 pm at the Charleston Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public but you must register in advance to receive a ticket to attend the luncheon. Registration closes October 12 and additional information is available at www.minorityaffairs.wv.gov.  

 

WVDOT EEO Division Director Drema Smith will lead a break out session on the department’s updated DBE goals and the effects new highway funding will have on the DBE program. In addition to informative sessions, the event will feature an expo offering partnership, networking, mentoring and employment opportunities.

 

Contract 1A-18 Pavement Rehabilitation, Kanawha County

 

Bids will be accepted until 3:00 PM on 9/28/2017 for pavement rehabilitation, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  Bids should be submitted to West Virginia Parkways Authority, Administration Building, 3310 Piedmont Road, Charleston, WV 25306 or P. O. Box 1469, Charleston, WV  25325. Plans and specifications can be obtained from HNTB Corporation, 41 Mission Way, Scott Depot, WV  25560, (304) 760-1825 or email jswisher@HNTB.com

 

Prefabricated Modular Steel Bridge Components, District 8, (DOT1800000021)

Bids will be accepted until 1:30 PM on 9/26/2017 to establish a one-time purchase of prefabricated modular steel bridge components for the Bridge Department in District 8, Randolph County, West Virginia.  Bids should be submitted to Bid Clerk Department of Administration, Purchasing Division, 2019 Washington Street E., Charleston, West Virginia 25305 or electronically to www.wvOasis.gov  - solicitation number DOT18000000021. Plans and specifications are available online at www.wvOasis.gov.  For additional information contact Mark A. Adkins at (304) 558-2307 or email mark.a.adkins@wv.gov.   

 

Palestine Fish Hatchery, Dam Repairs (DNR1800000007)

 

Bids will be accepted until 1:30 PM on 10/18/2017 for repairs to the reservoir embankment at Palestine State Fish Hatchery, Elizabeth, WV. Bids should be submitted to www.wvOasis.gov   with Solicitation Number DNR1800000007. Plans and specifications are available from WV Division of Natural Resources Property and Procurement Offices, 324 4th Avenue, South Charleston, WV  25303.  A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 11:00 AM on 9/27/2017 at Palestine State Fish Hatchery, 27 Paddlefish Lane, Elizabeth, WV  26143. For additional information contact Angela Negley at (304) 558-3397 or email angela.w.negley@wv.govPlans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Physical Planroom.

 

Sediment Removal, Webster County, 2017-09-21 EWP ECD

 

A mandatory pre-bid showing will be held at 10:30 AM on 9/2/2017 at the parking lot of Bergoo Store Inc., 3030 Bergoo Rd, Bergoo, WV 26298 (Intersection of Bergoo Rd and Leatherwood Rd) for the removal of sediment and stream bank repair in designated areas of Webster County. Sediment will be removed and hauled off site and/or used to repair stream bank.  Preform post construction site reclamation (including Seeding and Mulching) on all disturbed areas (including ingress/egress points). For additional information contact Edward Cox at West Virginia Conservation Agency at (304) 558-2204 or email contracting@wvca.us.

 

Debris Removal, North Fork Hughes River Dam, 2017-09-20 OMR LKCD NFHR

A mandatory pre-bid showing will be held at 10:00 AM on 9/20/2017 at the main parking lot of the Lodge at North Bend State Park, 202 N. Bend Park Road, Cairo, West Virginia 26337 for  removal /disposal of woody debris and floatable woody debris from the designated areas, preform post construction site reclamation on entry points at the North Fork Hughes River Dam. For additional information contact Edward Cox at West Virginia Conservation Agency at (304) 558-2204 or email contracting@wvca.us.

 

Buildings 25 Asphalt Parking Lot Repair / Repaving Project, Parkersburg (GSD1800000003) 9/13

 

Asphalt Contractors & Site Work, Inc............................................................................ $83,614

Southern WV Asphalt, Inc..........................................................................................   93,330

 

Compact Excavator / Attachments, (DEP1800000001) 9/12

 

Leslie Equipment Company....................................................................................... $76,236

Walker Machinery Co..................................................................................................   79,218

 

Repair, Access Road, VAMC, Clarksburg 9/1

 

Mare Solutions, Inc........................................................................................................ $67,800

 

*CAWV Members in Bold Type