CHARLESTON, WV – The final section of MacCorkle Avenue to be renovated in Kanawha City is among 22 projects included in a bid letting conducted by the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The project is funded by West Virginia Turnpike bond sales through Gov. Jim Justice’s $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity program.
“This is the last piece of the puzzle to upgrade MacCorkle Avenue through Kanawha City,” said Todd Rumbaugh, P.E., WVDOH Chief Engineer of Construction. “This will fix all the potholes, all the cracks, and leave the citizens with a smoother, safer roadway for years into the future.”
The contract, to rehabilitate MacCorkle Avenue from 40th Street to 58th Street, is the last of three major construction projects to rebuild or renovate MacCorkle all the way from 33rd Street to 58th Street through the heart of Kanawha City.
In May 2021, SQP Construction Group was awarded a contract for $570,000 to install 105 ADA-compliant curb cuts along MacCorkle Avenue between 35th Street and 58th Street. Work on the curb cuts had to be completed before work could begin on the roadway.
In October 2021, Mountaineer Contractors Inc. was awarded a contract for a little over $10 million to completely rebuild MacCorkle Avenue from the ground up, including new sidewalks and drainage structures, between 33rd and 40th streets. That work is currently underway.
The final piece of the puzzle will involve work on the road base and repaving MacCorkle Avenue from 40th Street to 58th Street. Construction is expected to begin once asphalt plants reopen in the spring of 2023, and be complete by the summer of 2024.
Also on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, the WVDOH accepted bids for a project to renovate 13 different bridges on an approximately 40-mile stretch of Interstate 79 between Lost Creek and Interstate 68 near Morgantown.