The West Virginia Division of Highways held an informational meeting for the public to preview the latest project idea for the Beckley Z-Way. Locals and representatives from the DOH gathered at Daniels Elementary School to see environmental assessment models and voice questions or concerns about something called ‘Preferred 2018 Alternative Route 2.’
This project would provide a new roadway and relocate US 19 from south of Airport Road in the vicinity of Old Crow Road, to I-64 at the South Eisenhower Drive interchange.
‘Preferred 2018 Alternative 2’ was selected because it has fewer displacements of businesses and residences than other alternatives, and will also impact less wet land.
DOH Engineer Gerard Ahmad explained this is what they revealed to the public, and this informational workshop complied with the public involvement requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
“It’s like putting a mosaic together so the public can understand what we’re trying to do to help,” Ahmad said. “That’s ultimately to relieve congestion, improve safety, and in the process create opportunity for economic development.”
Estimated construction costs for the Beaver to South Eisenhower Drive Project is more than $39 million dollars.The project schedule still has a few more assessments throughout the year, and construction would not begin until about August of 2021.