A bridge to nowhere will now have a destination. Governor Jim Justice and officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways dug a shovel into the grounds of the nearly 60 million dollar project; A project that has dragged along for over a decade.
“I don’t even know how we stand it to think that this bridge has been sitting out here, these resources spent, and it’s gone nowhere for 10 plus years,” Gov. Justice said.
The project, which is part of the King Coal Highway, will connect the Christine West Bridge to Rt. 460 and I-77, then run nearly 4 miles to intersect with Airport Road near Kee Dam. In order for them to lay that road down, Construction Engineer with the DOH District 10, Terra Goins, stressed that they’re literally going to move mountains.
“This mountainside will have to be removed of course so we can put the roadway in,” Goins said. “So you’ll see some blasting going on some excavation, crews will be coming in to haul that material away.”
Funding from the sale of Parkways Authority bonds is a piece of a larger pie with Gov. Jim Justice’s $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity program. Justice and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Jimmy Wriston, are hopeful that projects like these will bring people to the mountain state.
“It’s going to be a bridge to somewhere,” Wriston said. “When you have a road to somewhere, someone’s gonna travel it and folks are going come from all over to see what great things there are to do in Southern West Virginia.”
The expected finish date for this project is November of 2021.