CHARLESTON—Governor Joe Manchin III and Senator Robert C. Byrd announced that the The Division of Highways continues progress on Corridor H as it recently awarded Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. of Beckley a $30,884,656.02 contract to construct a new bridge over the South Branch of the Potomac just north of Moorefield in Hardy County. “The new bridge along Corridor H is yet another testament to our continued commitment in completing this vital connection,” stated Governor Manchin.
Senator Robert Byrd expressed his sentiments as well. “I am fully committed to the effort to finish Corridor H. I have been with this project from the very beginning. This highway was first promised to the people of West Virginia in 1965. These are miles of highway that the Congress has approved and the State has moved forward with planning and construction. We have made progress. Many sections of Corridor H are complete and open to traffic, and cars and trucks are able to navigate the mountains of West Virginia more safely and more quickly. Fatalities are down and opportunities are growing. But the promise of Corridor H is still elusive for the people who have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the road to be built. We’ve got to focus on finishing Corridor H.”
This eight span 2,135 ft. steel girder bridge will utilize a single span to cross 355 ft. over the South Branch of the Potomac and require seven additional spans of various lengths while crossing an adjoining flood plain. The bridge will use over 4,300 tons of steel and should begin construction the end of September, 2006 with a completion date of August 1, 2009.