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Officials: Work To Widen Turnpike Expected To Start in July


West Virginia officials said work to widen a section of a turnpike is expected to start in a few months and continue for years, courtesy of $800 million in general obligation bonds.

The Register-Herald reports work is expected to begin in July and will widen the 8-mile section of the turnpike from the Interstate 64 split to U.S. 19 in Beckley.

State Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith said the project will cost about $80 million and last about two years.

Smith said another general obligation project he expects to start work soon is the Bridge to Nowhere in Mercer County.