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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #25 on: June 08, 2018, 10:32:10 AM »

3x a month and 3x a year.

I assume this is a typo. What are the actual numbers?
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2019, 11:10:22 AM »

Officials: Local I-64 widening part of a larger plan | WVDOH Release

"About 2.5 miles of road from just past the Huntington Mall to the Guyandotte River will be widened from four to eight lanes as part of the $71.7 million project, along with the replacement of five bridges. The project will begin next summer, with an estimated end date in 2022.

Heading west, the project begins about half a mile before the West Mall Road exit, replacing the bridge that crosses over the Mud River. From there, the bridge over East Mall Road, the bridge over Mud River Road, the bridge over Wild Cat Road and the bridge over Big Ben Bowen Highway will all be replaced and widened. The project ends just before the Guyandotte River bridge, just after the Merritt's Creek exit.

In the near future, the Guyandotte River bridge to the 29th Street exit - where the road widens again - will be widened, said Brent Walker, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Transportation. According to estimates on the DOT's website, this portion would be widened to six lanes."

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Other interests:
* WV 622 widening near Charleston: https://transportation.wv.gov/highways/engineering/comment/WV622-NewGoffMtnRoad-BigTylerRoadProject/Documents/handout.pdf
* Aetnaville Bridge demolition in Wheeling: https://transportation.wv.gov/highways/engineering/comment/Aetnaville-Bridge-Demo-Project/Pages/default.aspx

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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2019, 12:02:31 PM »

Officials: Local I-64 widening part of a larger plan | WVDOH Release

"About 2.5 miles of road from just past the Huntington Mall to the Guyandotte River will be widened from four to eight lanes as part of the $71.7 million project, along with the replacement of five bridges. The project will begin next summer, with an estimated end date in 2022.

Heading west, the project begins about half a mile before the West Mall Road exit, replacing the bridge that crosses over the Mud River. From there, the bridge over East Mall Road, the bridge over Mud River Road, the bridge over Wild Cat Road and the bridge over Big Ben Bowen Highway will all be replaced and widened. The project ends just before the Guyandotte River bridge, just after the Merritt's Creek exit.

In the near future, the Guyandotte River bridge to the 29th Street exit - where the road widens again - will be widened, said Brent Walker, director of communications for the West Virginia Department of Transportation. According to estimates on the DOT's website, this portion would be widened to six lanes.


When all of the mentioned projects are complete, along with the twinning of the Nitro-St. Albans interstate bridge at MM 44-45, 64 will be more than 4 lanes from Exit 11 to Exit 20 and again from Exit 39 through its merge into I-77 at MP 60, and, using 77 MPs for four more miles to Exit 98.  Eventual goal is to fill in the gap between Exits 39 and 20, along with a new exit between the current Milton and Hurricane exits; and then from Exit 6 to Exit 11.

Much needed.
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2019, 01:23:34 PM »

Looks like the Nitro-St. Albans bridge is out to re-bid, along with the Wheeling bridge rehab project on I-70, too.
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #30 on: August 06, 2019, 09:17:28 PM »

Bid awarded to rehabilitate I-70 bridges in West Virginia
Aug 5, 2019
https://www.bdtonline.com/region/bid-awarded-to-rehabilitate-i--bridges-in-west-virginia/article_41fbd3af-3228-578a-8ef1-3b4be81844a7.html

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) 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, Pennsylvania-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.
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2019, 09:02:21 AM »

So, we now have a newly posted 'BYPASS' route for a US highway in WV.  The East Beckley Bypass now is posted as Bypass US-19.

http://forum.travelmapping.net/index.php?topic=3149

The picture that was posted there shows a NB shield just beyond it's intersection with WV-41.  Only thing I don't know yet is where it's Southern End is located.  Is it @ I-64 (Exit 124), or is it one of the two intersections US-19 has with the bypass (via connecting roads) right before I-64......  If anybody knows, please LMK!

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« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2019, 10:11:02 AM »

It is the southmost of the two intersections between US 19 (which, ironically was originally the "19-21 Bypass" and still called that by people over 60 or so in Beckley) and the Bypass 19.  The remainder south of that is just considered part of the on-ramp to I-64.  However it is not clearly signed.
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2019, 12:39:45 PM »

The portion south of the connections to US 19 is officially US 19 CONN.

https://gis.transportation.wv.gov/GISCountyMaps/PDF-Hillshade/RaleighSheet%202.pdf
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2019, 03:44:56 PM »

So, we now have a newly posted 'BYPASS' route for a US highway in WV.  The East Beckley Bypass now is posted as Bypass US-19.

http://forum.travelmapping.net/index.php?topic=3149

The picture that was posted there shows a NB shield just beyond it's intersection with WV-41.  Only thing I don't know yet is where it's Southern End is located.  Is it @ I-64 (Exit 124), or is it one of the two intersections US-19 has with the bypass (via connecting roads) right before I-64......  If anybody knows, please LMK!

I couldn't see the picture when I clicked on the link.
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2019, 07:28:57 PM »

Looks like it was uploaded as an attachment to a post, requiring one to be signed in to view it.
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2019, 11:09:33 PM »

It is the southmost of the two intersections between US 19 (which, ironically was originally the "19-21 Bypass" and still called that by people over 60 or so in Beckley) and the Bypass 19.  The remainder south of that is just considered part of the on-ramp to I-64.  However it is not clearly signed.

So, no shields on the segment between the 2 connector roads?

The portion south of the connections to US 19 is officially US 19 CONN.

https://gis.transportation.wv.gov/GISCountyMaps/PDF-Hillshade/RaleighSheet%202.pdf

I had assumed as much, as I did recall there being a 'listed' CONN route there from when doing the recent overhaul of the WV routes for TM.  Was just curious if something had changed.

Looks like it was uploaded as an attachment to a post, requiring one to be signed in to view it.

Correct.  There's no way other than having an account to see it unless the user that posted it uploads it at another site so it could be linked here.

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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2019, 09:28:14 AM »

https://www.historicalmarkerproject.com/markers/HME9P_bethany-turnpike-tunnels_Wellsburg-WV.html

The marker reads: "First highway tunnels constructed west of Alleghenies. They were built in 1831 by Richard Waugh at personal expense to ease transportation to his flour mills. The tunnels, a mile apart, were removed by the State in 1957."

General location between the two tunnels: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=40.23578,-80.59683&z=15&t=U
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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2019, 10:21:36 AM »

Here is one I have never heard before. 

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/08/13/wheeling-suspension-bridge-back-open-as-long-term-solutions-being-discussed/

Background is the bridge is ancient and should only be used by cars, who should keep 50 feet distance.  Has been repeatedly damaged by tour buses going to the Wheeling Island Casino and using GPS, the main function of GPS being to get you lost.  Currently WV DOH has put up a hard physical barrier, which is to say, a piece of steel that will take the bus or truck's roof off.  Effective, but ugly for a historic landmark. 

Among the ideas floated is a nominal toll.  Not really for money, but to "keep the bridge off GPS".  I don't know how that works, but the idea is probably for hand collection with no electronic options, thus any oversized vehicle that pulls up can simply be denied entry and the 50 foot spacing maintained by the speed of the toll collector.  Tolling as "traffic caliming" ?

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Re: West Virginia (excuding Eastern Panhandle)
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2019, 10:39:35 AM »

Here is one I have never heard before. 

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/08/13/wheeling-suspension-bridge-back-open-as-long-term-solutions-being-discussed/

Background is the bridge is ancient and should only be used by cars, who should keep 50 feet distance.  Has been repeatedly damaged by tour buses going to the Wheeling Island Casino and using GPS, the main function of GPS being to get you lost.  Currently WV DOH has put up a hard physical barrier, which is to say, a piece of steel that will take the bus or truck's roof off.  Effective, but ugly for a historic landmark. 

Among the ideas floated is a nominal toll.  Not really for money, but to "keep the bridge off GPS".  I don't know how that works, but the idea is probably for hand collection with no electronic options, thus any oversized vehicle that pulls up can simply be denied entry and the 50 foot spacing maintained by the speed of the toll collector.  Tolling as "traffic caliming" ?

The bridge has a 2-ton weight limit, which even a lot of unloaded SUVs and loaded cars will be over. My understanding was that FHWA required a bridge to be closed when it could not support a 3-ton weight limit.

I'd look at adding in-pavement scales tied to traffic signals, but maybe it's time to close the bridge to cars and make it peds/bikes only.
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« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2019, 11:33:33 AM »

In one of the Wheeling groups I follow on Facebook, a lot of people were in favor of an outright closure to vehicles because of the continual closure of the bridge for RVs, buses and overweight vehicles. The sidewalks are also very narrow and I don't think meet ADA accessibility standards.
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« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2019, 12:17:38 PM »

Saw a WVDOT video on Facebook today about the upcoming widening of I-64 and new bridge over the Kanawha. Supposed to go to bid in October. That will be an expensive project. Wonder if they're doing it as a design-build, or if they have already acquired all the right of way they'll need?

Among the ideas floated is a nominal toll.  Not really for money, but to "keep the bridge off GPS".  I don't know how that works...

Some GPS units have an "Avoid Tolls" function, as do mapping apps for mobile devices. Somehow, my wife's GPS accidentally got switched to that mode on a trip several years ago. She was going to one of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. I had given her my E-ZPass and told her to use I-355, but her GPS was screaming at her not to use that route.
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« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2019, 12:45:38 PM »

The last informational meeting for the needed 20 years ago Legg Bridge project claimed construction start in spring 2017.  Still no work done. 

The packet they gave out then, which is still on the DOT's website says they are using the "downstream alternative" meaning the new bridge will carry the westbound lanes and the existing bridge will be repurposed to eastbound only.  AFAIK the land on the St. Albans side is just hillside already owned by the state, although they will have to pass about a railroad, but the railroad has to cooperate in that.  On the Nitro side, the land involved in that would be the old Artel Chemical dumb, which is toxic, which is why nothing was ever built on it.  I would posit that it has a negative economic value. 

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« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2019, 03:42:47 PM »

Saw a WVDOT video on Facebook today about the upcoming widening of I-64 and new bridge over the Kanawha. Supposed to go to bid in October. That will be an expensive project. Wonder if they're doing it as a design-build, or if they have already acquired all the right of way they'll need?

Is that the one a few miles east of the US-35 interchange?
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« Reply #44 on: August 14, 2019, 04:15:59 PM »

Yes. 
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