Bid from New Kensington company awarded to rehabilitate I-70 bridges in West Virginia
WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has awarded a nearly $215 million bid to improve bridges on Interstate 70.
News outlets report the selection of the lowest bid for the project was announced Monday in Wheeling.
New Kensington-based Swank Construction won the project to rehabilitate or replace more than two dozen bridges between Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The West Virginia Department of Transportation received five bids for the project.
WVDOT Construction Engineer Joe Juszczak says the Fulton Bridges on the east side of the Wheeling Tunnel are in need of full replacement because of rusting steel and eroding concrete. The rest of the bridges will be rehabilitated.
The project is expected to take three years to complete. Preliminary work could begin this fall.
“We’re gonna start pretty earnestly this fall with some offline work, underneath some of the bridges, getting ready,” Andrew Swank told WTRF-TV. “Large portion of the work is 2021 and 2022, but we have to start, really immediately after Labor Day.”