WV Announces Interstate Painting Project


The West Virginia Department of Highways recently announced that it has awarded a contract for a “massive” cleaning and painting project of interstate bridges and ramps in downtown Charleston. The project is among four contracts awarded by WVDOH at the beginning of the month for multiple rehabilitation and replacement projects.

Blastech Enterprises Inc. was awarded to clean and paint nine bridges and six ramps on Interstate 77 and Interstate 64. The $27,420,996.50 contract includes bridges over Piedmont Road, Bigley Avenue and Court Street, as well as ramps accessing Court Street, Leon Sullivan Way and Brooks Street.

According to WVDOH, the funding for this project is a combination of federal and state funds at 80% and 20%, respectively. The structures are expected to be painted blue to match the other bridges in the area.

Another contract was awarded to Elite Industrial Painting Inc. for $507,364 to clean and paint the Gormania Bridge in Grant County.

WVDOH solicited bids for these projects and others in February:  

  • Cleaning and painting overpass bridges on I-64 near Milton (Cabell County);
  • Cleaning and painting the Gormania Bridge (Grant County);
  • Construction of pedestrian-suitable curb ramps in Princeton (Mercer County);
  • Pond Fork Bridge replacement (Boone County);
  • Sign replacements (Doddridge, Harrison, Preston, and Taylor counties); and
  • Cleaning and painting bridges and ramps east and south of the Carter Bridge (Kanawha County).

Truman Morton Inc. was awarded the contract to replace the Pond Fork Bridge for $485,051.44, paid for with funding from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity highway construction and maintenance program.

Originally built in 1948, WVDOH reports that the bridge has been under weight restrictions since 2014 and is subject to yearly inspections. According to the letting, the existing steel truss bridge will be replaced on stie using portions of the existing abutments.

Additionally, Green Acres Contracting Company Inc. was awarded the signage replacement project contract for $1,509,502.

Roads to Prosperity Program

Announced and passed in 2017, the Roads to Prosperity initiative consists of a series of funding measures that are expected to generate $2.8 billion for highway and bridge construction and maintenance across West Virginia.

Funding reportedly includes increases in fees and taxes to fund a general obligation bond debt known as the Roads to Prosperity Amendment, an increase in the state’s GARVEE bonding limits and continued bonding of the state's Turnpike. These funds are then deposited into the State Road Fund to use on approximately 36,000 miles of road.

According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, over 700 projects will be completed through the program to improve roadways in the state. Timelines for project completions vary.

“The Roads to Prosperity program is the centerpiece of my vision for West Virginia’s economic recovery,” said Gov. Justice. “This will spur economic activity like we’ve never seen before and it will open access to our state that will reap benefits for years to come.”


Tagged categories: Bridges; Bridges; Contract awards; Contracts; Government contracts; Maintenance programs; NA; North America; Painting Contractors; Program/Project Management; Rehabilitation/Repair; Transportation; Upcoming projects

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