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Bids for 'Roads to Prosperity' Project Surpasses Estimates

Roads to Prosperity Highway Program Map, Total Projects by Count

West Virginia Division of Highways documents show that bids for the first major “Roads to Prosperity” highways construction project have exceeded estimates by more than $100 million.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports documents opened Wednesday show the low bid for the Interstate 70 project in Wheeling came in at more than $270 million. Some bidding surpassed $300 million.

A project list that was published last year shows the estimated cost for the project that includes the reconstruction or rehabilitation of miles of interstate highway was $172.5 million.

Highways spokesman Brent Walker says the I-70 bids raise concerns, adding that officials thought it could be a gauge of how bidding may go for other major projects.

Walker says officials will be analyzing the I-70 project bids over the next week.