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State to Improve Capitol Complex Security


Work is expected to begin soon on security improvements at the West Virginia Capitol Complex, including installation of a fence surrounding the Governor’s Mansion.

The state has awarded a contract worth about $3 million to Wiseman Construction of Charleston for the project.

Department of Administration spokeswoman Diane Holley-Brown tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail that state officials and Wiseman representatives will hold a pre-construction conference later this week. Wiseman will have 120 days to complete the project once the notice to proceed is signed.

One lane of the road in front of the mansion will be converted into a sidewalk and green space. The change addresses concerns about the mansion’s proximity to Kanawha Boulevard.

The project also includes converting two parking lots adjacent to the Culture Center into a bus turnaround.