Construction timeline for Governor’s “Roads to Prosperity” projects

Construction, a word we’re so use to hearing in Mercer County during the Governor’s “Roads to Prosperity” road projects.

The projects include primary and secondary roads across the state and some residents are wondering when the construction ends.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation is working on the Exit 1 on and off ramps at John Nash Boulevard, as the contractor mills out the existing asphalt.

In May, the DOT is expected to start construction on King Coal Highway, a $57 million project.

The project will consist of constructing a 4 mile section of King Coal Highway, connecting Route 460 at John Nash Boulevard to Airport Road, which includes the “Bridge to Nowhere,” a project years in the making.

“Because of the Governors Roads to Prosperity, we can cleanup all those messes made across the state,” said Jimmy Wriston, Acting Commissioner of Highways for the DOT. “Those projects that were started and stopped, the ones that took decades to try and get a section of road built. We’re starting to clean those up .”

Weather permitting, southbound construction is expected to be completed before Memorial Day weekend.

For more details about the DOT’s construction projects, visit the West Virginia 511 “Know Before You Go” website.

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

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