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Started by logan230, October 16, 2014, 05:42:37 PM

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hbelkins

Quote from: seicer on December 21, 2023, 11:45:41 AM
Unrelated, I drove on the new WV 108 expressway around Bluefield a few days ago. Going from memory, it is signed for Welch and the airport going north. There is a supplemental ground sign advertising WV 108 as an alternate US 52 for through traffic.

The roadway is well-designed and nicely constructed without any dips/bumps. I hope it remains in good shape as the roadway bed in places remained unpaved for years - so it should have had ample time to settle. The four-lane segment ends north of the Christine West Bridge over US 19. It is signed for 55 MPH throughout, although the four-lane segments of WV 108 and US 52 could be signed for 65 MPH very easily.

There is an obvious stub for a roadway extension north of WV 123 (Airport Road).

Google Maps incorrectly lists this as US 52. It's not listed on Apple Maps.

Is the two-lane segment on a four-lane right of way?


Government would be tolerable if not for politicians and bureaucrats.


seicer

Yes - just like the other segments closer to Twisted Gun Gap and Gilbert, the second carriageway is graded.

Great Lakes Roads

https://www.wboy.com/news/monongalia/54-million-going-to-i-79-chaplin-hill-road-project-at-wvu-exit/

$54 million going to I-79/Chaplin Hill Road project at WVU exit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WBOY) — Funding has been secured to repair and add to exit 155 on Interstate 79 in Morgantown, Sen. Joe Manchin's office announced Friday.

The exit is the main access point from I-79 to Granville, Star City and West Virginia University, including Milan Puskar Stadium and the Coliseum.

According to the release, the project will include:

  • Replacing the I-79 bridges of Chaplin Hill Road
  • Reconstructing the exit 155 interchange
  • Reconstructing the westbound I-79 flyover
  • Building a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Star City bridge and the regional rail-to-trail network
A total of $54,320,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation will go to the Monongalia County Commission for the project.

In the release, Manchin said that the investment, which is through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will help create jobs in the area and make travel local travel safer.

"When we make smart investments in our roadways that hard-working West Virginians and small businesses rely on, we are building a better future for the state," Manchin said.

In a separate release, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said that the upgrade will "make a transformational difference" in traffic for those who commute to and from Morgantown.

The Chaplin Hill Gateway Project will help improve traffic, increase safety, and upgrade core transportation infrastructure in Monongalia County. For all those who live and work in the area, as well as those traveling through, this funding will make a transformational difference and I'm excited for this project to move forward," Capito said in a release from her office.

A timeline for the project was not mentioned in the release.

Back in March, $2 million for the project was secured through the Congressionally Directed Spending process.

-Jay Seaburg

Bitmapped

Quote from: Great Lakes Roads on December 23, 2023, 02:52:36 AM
https://www.wboy.com/news/monongalia/54-million-going-to-i-79-chaplin-hill-road-project-at-wvu-exit/

$54 million going to I-79/Chaplin Hill Road project at WVU exit

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WBOY) — Funding has been secured to repair and add to exit 155 on Interstate 79 in Morgantown, Sen. Joe Manchin's office announced Friday.

The exit is the main access point from I-79 to Granville, Star City and West Virginia University, including Milan Puskar Stadium and the Coliseum.

According to the release, the project will include:

  • Replacing the I-79 bridges of Chaplin Hill Road
  • Reconstructing the exit 155 interchange
  • Reconstructing the westbound I-79 flyover
  • Building a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Star City bridge and the regional rail-to-trail network
A total of $54,320,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation will go to the Monongalia County Commission for the project.

In the release, Manchin said that the investment, which is through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will help create jobs in the area and make travel local travel safer.

"When we make smart investments in our roadways that hard-working West Virginians and small businesses rely on, we are building a better future for the state," Manchin said.

In a separate release, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito said that the upgrade will "make a transformational difference" in traffic for those who commute to and from Morgantown.

The Chaplin Hill Gateway Project will help improve traffic, increase safety, and upgrade core transportation infrastructure in Monongalia County. For all those who live and work in the area, as well as those traveling through, this funding will make a transformational difference and I'm excited for this project to move forward," Capito said in a release from her office.

A timeline for the project was not mentioned in the release.

Back in March, $2 million for the project was secured through the Congressionally Directed Spending process.

This project has been bandied about in some form for several years. Exit 155 is the main way in to northern Morgantown. The existing interchange is biased to traffic to/from the east (from Morgantown), but it's been struggling as more development has occurred west of the interchange. The stop-sign controlled offramps often have long queues during AM and PM rush.

The current plan is a diverging diamond for the interchange with I-79 itself and building a westbound flyover to eliminate the signal where US 19/WV 7 split off just east of the interchange. Chaplin Hill Road is also to be relocated west of the interchange, connecting to the 4-lane stub in the WestRidge development and then being rebuilt on top of the existing Martin Hollow Road.

edwaleni


seicer

Major streetscape and traffic calming improvements proposed for WV 210 and Minnesota Ave. in the vicinity of WVU Tech in Beckley:

WVU Tech Campus Corridor Project

Join us on February 1, 2024, at Beckley City Hall for a public meeting to discuss the proposed WVU Tech Campus Corridor Project. Representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways(WVDOH) and Federal Highway Administration(FHWA) will be available between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed project and answer your questions.

The project involves traffic flow and streetscape improvements to South Kanawha Street (WV 210). The project consists of converting Minnesota Avenue to a one-way road and South Kanawha Street to a one-way road between Beaver Avenue/Johnstown Road and McCreery Street. Minnesota Avenue will also be extended to connect at Beaver Avenue. To improve traffic flow, roundabouts will be constructed at the intersections of WV 210 and McCreery Avenue and South Kanawha Street/WV 210 and Beaver Avenue.

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I'm not as certain about converting WV 210 to one-way (toward downtown) from Church Street and McCreery Street.

WV 131 Benedum Drive Widening Project

The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH) is seeking input on their project to widen a portion of West Virginia (WV) 131 (Benedum Drive) Bridgeport. The project consists of widening of WV 131 (Benedum Drive) Bridgeport from its junction with US 50 north to a point approximately 0.3 miles south of its junction with Interstate 79 (I-79). Approximately 3.12 miles of roadway will be widened.

seicer

The 12th Street is set for replacement in Huntington: https://transportation.wv.gov/highways/engineering/comment/Pages/12th-Street-Bridge.aspx

Google entry: https://maps.app.goo.gl/GRuAFPUtDFeWTm8E8

It will look identical to the 5th and 8th Street bridges: https://maps.app.goo.gl/3iej9CpD7SNPGzZR6

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Unrelated, the Morgantown Industrial Park access road project has a preferred alternative (3): https://transportation.wv.gov/highways/engineering/comment/Pages/MORGANTOWN-INDUSTRIAL-PARK-ACCESS.aspx

wriddle082

You mean the Harambe Memorial Bridge?

seicer

Bridges (will soon be) out for Harambe.

GCrites

^didn't we have this conversation while driving through there a few months back? It went something like "Here's the Harambe bridge. No it has nothing to do with what went on in Cincinnati." I never knew it was called that.

seicer

People were so distraught over his death that other bridges have been unceremoniously renamed elsewhere. 😉

We also talked about the Pink Bridge at 8th Street, which had been painted pink by some rogue resident tired of the bridge's flaking white hues. It still has a pin referring to it on Google Maps.

GCrites

I remember things were pretty wild through there when it flooded but the flood mitigation measures you pointed out surely helped.

SP Cook

https://www.wsaz.com/2024/05/07/i-64-projects-could-finish-by-next-spring/

Two different projects, both part of the much needed six lane upgrade to I-64. 

The first, which I am told will actually be "functionally complete" by this October, is between Exit 40 and Exit 45.  This will have 64 being 6 lanes (8 on the bridges) from the junction with I-77 at MP 59 to Exit 39, eliminating a decades long daily commute back up.  64's six lane section originally ended at Exit 54, it was upgraded from there to Exit 45 in the 90s.

The second, which I personally doubt will get done by next spring, runs from Exit 15 to Exit 20.  With an already complete improvement, the 6 lane will run from Exit 11 to Exit 20. 

I'm told eventual plans are to fill in the middle from 39 to 20, and also six lane from 11 to Exit 6, along with adding in an exit for Culloden, between the Milton Exit 28 and the Hurricane Exit 34.  This is underway, but construction will run into 26 at least.  This will eliminate a major traffic problem with people from Culloden having to use the Hurricane exit.


seicer

I was surprised that the delays early on were caused by permitting (environmental, railroad), not construction. This delayed some components of the rebuild, including the Guyandotte River Bridge.

What is different about these two projects versus earlier widenings on Interstate 64 is that they involve a total rebuild of the sub-base and pavement. With the roadway nearing 70 years old, it was time for deficiencies in pavement and drainage to be addressed, which probably added a year to the project.

MASTERNC

Any updates on the US 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs?  Thought part of it was supposed to be done last fall.

74/171FAN

Quote from: MASTERNC on May 09, 2024, 08:33:23 AMAny updates on the US 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs?  Thought part of it was supposed to be done last fall.

Opening date is projected to be in Fall 2024.  There is a planned roadmeet covering it in August for anyone not aware of that already.

Of course, I will probably drive it ASAP after it opens whether I make it to the meet or not.
I am now a PennDOT employee.  My opinions/views do not necessarily reflect the opinions/views of PennDOT.

SP Cook

There is big local opposition to road improvements in Morgan County (US 522).  The state is proceeding anyway.  They have another couple of miles up for bids after the bypass is finished.  The locals have seen Jefferson and Berkeley counties, which used to be rural farm type places, turn into DC suburbs and don't want the same to happen there.  This is, of course, like opposing the tide coming in, its going to happen like it or not. 

If you look at a map, it seems to me that US 522, the rural parts not the currently under construction bypass of Berkeley Springs, would make a great toll road, providing a short cut between I-81 and the PA Turnpike.  Only the WV part isn't 4 lane.

Mapmikey

Most of the Maryland part is not 4-laned either....

SP Cook

It is about 3000 feet from the border until you reach I-70.

seicer

WVDOH passes major milestone on I-64 widening project


The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) passed a major milestone today after one lane of traffic opened on the new Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge on Interstate 64.

The new bridge, one of two new spans over the Kanawha River between the Nitro and St. Albans exits of I-64, is part of an approximately $225 million project to widen I-64 to six lanes between Nitro and the US 35 exit. It is one of the largest construction projects undertaken under Gov. Jim Justice's $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity construction and maintenance program.
 
The project will greatly reduce congestion at a major bottleneck on one of the most heavily traveled sections of highway in the Mountain State. The original two-lane Donald Legg Bridge carried an average of 60,000 vehicles a day.
 
"It's exciting to see projects like this near completion so that people can see how the governor's and the WVDOH's vision for what the state's transportation network can be when we have the proper funding," said Joe Pack, P.E., WVDOH Chief Engineer of Operations.

In November 2019, Gov. Justice announced a contract for more than $224 million to Brayman-Trumble, A Joint Venture, to build a new westbound bridge on I-64, tear down the old Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge and replace it with a new structure, and widen I-64 to six lanes between the Nitro and US 35 exits. The contract also included replacing I-64 bridges that cross Conrail railroad tracks, Rocky Step Road, McCloud Road and Bills Creek Road, plus revamping the St. Albans interchange and the ramps connecting the interchange to WV 817.�
 
The original Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge opened to traffic in 1962. It was named for Cpl. Donald Milton Legg, a steelworker who lost his life when he fell from the bridge during construction.

In October 2022, Gov. Justice announced the opening of the westbound World War I Memorial Bridge just north of the old Donald M. Legg Bridge. Eastbound and westbound traffic was shifted onto the new bridge to allow demolition of the old span.
 
The main span of the old Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge was gently lowered onto a barge in December 2022 as contractors began disassembling the old structure. The bridge had served the public for 60 years.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2023, Brayman-Trumble lifted the 314-foot main span of the new Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge into position, completing the bridge superstructure from one side of the Kanawha River to the other.
 
With the concrete bridge deck poured and paving underway, the new Donald M. Legg Memorial Bridge is expected to open all lanes to traffic soon.

Widening work between the Nitro and US 35 exits is also nearly complete. Work that remains to be finished includes construction of a new I-64 bridge over WV 25, construction of approximately 6,000 feet of barrier wall between the Nitro and St. Albans exits, striping, and installation of interstate lighting and signage.
 
The entire project is expected to be complete this fall.



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