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Winning Bid Announced for Remaining Construction of US 35


The West Virginia Department of Highways announced the winning bid Tuesday for the construction to complete U.S. Route 35 that runs in Mason and Putnam Counties.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin along with Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox announced that Bizzack Construction LLC of Lexington, Kentucky had the winning bid. Bizzack had a winning bid of $174,450,000, making it the largest contract the West Virginia Division of Highways has ever rewarded.

It’s the second project in the state to utilize the Public Private Partnership financing method. The winning project will finish the remaining 14.6 miles of U.S. 35. Once the Notice to Proceed has been issued, Bizzack will begin with design, utility, relocation and environmental permitting work.

It’s expected the major construction involved won’t begin till Spring of 2016. Completion is expected in October 2018 and the four-lanes will be open to drivers in the fall of 2019.