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Get to Work Downtown

The table is set for the Downtown Streetscape Project in Wheeling, as on Tuesday Gov. Jim Justice announced that Triton Construction of St. Albans, West Virginia, had been awarded a $31.9 million bid to remake Main and Market streets.

Now it’s time to get to work and give motorists, pedestrians and, most importantly, our downtown business community something to be proud of when it comes to bringing people to the city’s central business district.

The project — which will see a new road surface from 10th to 16th streets along with new sidewalks, decorative brickwork and new streetlights, trees and planters — has been in the works since 2015. With the bid awarded, construction should start this fall and finish in 2024.

“This is a transformational project that our community has been working towards and anticipating for several years,” Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said. “The work of the West Virginia Department of Highways — with assistance from city staff — has been complicated, detailed and quite frankly extraordinary. The end result will be a wonderful project that will have been worth the wait.”

“It will beautify that town beyond belief,” Justice said. “I’m sure it will initiate additional growth. It is a project badly needed … great project for the City of Wheeling. More and more and more good things are happening in that area.”

We agree.

Now let’s get to work.

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