MOUNDSVILLE - The West Virginia Division of Highways is gearing up for a two-year project that will widen another 1.2-mile portion of W.Va. 2 to four lanes south of Moundsville.
Doug Bartlet, DOH District 6 office manager, said Kelly Paving of Williamstown, W.Va., was awarded the $9.152 million contract that involves cutting back a portion of the hillside during phase 1. Only then can the widening begin.
''There may be some blasting,'' Bartlet said.
The first phase began Monday and is scheduled to last through the summer. The expected completion date for the entire project is May 29, 2015. The section to be widened to four lanes is located south of Moundsville between the areas of Franklin (milepost 6.46) and Woodlands (milepost 7.61).
''This is just a piece of it. We continuously improve upon it the more money we get. We just keep working on it,'' he said. ''It's a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement.''
Bartlet noted Kelly Paving likely will hire subcontractors to help with the first phase of the project, which includes removing brush and growth from the hillside before the cutting back can begin.
''There's a lot of vegetation that needs removed,'' he said.
As the hillside is cut back, temporary concrete barriers will be used to keep rocks from hitting the road, and to keep sediment from washing into streams and the Ohio River.