W.Va. 2 Widening Project in Moundsville Nears Completion
MOUNDSVILLE — A $15 million road widening project on W.Va. 2 that stretches from Monarch Stadium to the U.S. 250/Jefferson Avenue extension is nearing completion after almost 18 months of lane changes and detours for motorists traveling though the area.
The project is in its final stage, as crews with Klug Construction of Moundsville have begun paving the road in that area, according to Division of Highways District 6 Construction Engineer Joe Juszczak.
“The goal is to have it done by the end of the year,” Juszczak said.
He said while there is still some construction wrapping up on the southbound side of the bridge near Monarch Stadium, crews have already begun paving.
“We’re hoping if the weather warms back up here. … we need about a week left to pave,” he added. With a forecast of slightly warmer temperatures in sight, they hope to finish the paving over the next few weeks.
Crews with Triton Construction Inc., of St. Albans, Kanawha County, the general contractor for the project, have been out finishing work on the two bridges that were replaced between Monarch Field and the Walmart Plaza this week. Construction workers were seen Wednesday putting aluminum rails in place and moving large boulders underneath the bridge near Monarch Field as part of slope protection.
The project, which began in early 2018, created constant lane changes and detours for motorists traveling through that section of Marshall County. The project progressed through multiple phases — including the replacement of two small bridges on W.Va. 2 and culvert drainage pipes along the road.
In addition to creating two lanes that run the full length of the construction zone on both sides of W.Va. 2 and a middle turning lane, the U.S. 250 extension was widened at the top of the ramp to allow for a traffic signal where motorists traveling north on the ramp have the opportunity to turn south onto W.Va. 2. Crews also replaced water and sewer lines in the designated work zone and the gas and electric companies moved utility lines to also accommodate the project.