Division of Highways awards 16 projects, including MacCorkle Avenue ADA project
CHARLESTON, WV – Several projects to improve Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, including one on MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha County and a project to replace an important Monroe County bridge, were among 16 construction contracts awarded by the West Virginia Division of Highways in May. All states are required to have an ADA transition plan in place as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In the past, paving projects have been put on hold because compliance projects, many of which involve sidewalks or ramps, must be completed first. In recent years, WVDOH has made a focused effort to increase the number of ADA-compliant roadways. “The transition plan identifies all physical barriers that limit accessibility to facilities for individuals that have disabilities, identifies the best methods available to make accessibility possible, and outlines the schedule that the Division of Highways proposes to make each of these corrections,” Deputy State Highway Engineer Ryland Musick said. "WVDOH is working diligently to address all ADA projects in the state by 2025." The projects awarded were:
Several factors are considered before awarding a bid, including whether a bid falls above or below the WVDOH Engineer’s Estimate and by what percentage. In cases where a bid is above the Engineer’s Estimate, WVDOH must consider the project need, repercussions of not awarding the project, additional funding sources, and whether or not sufficient reasons exist for the differences in estimates. Most projects are reviewed, analyzed, and awarded within a week of the bid letting, but the process can take longer. When the Division of Highways has a project that is determined to be best constructed by a contractor, it is processed through the bid letting system. A letting is a scheduled opportunity for contractors to review and bid on several construction projects at one time. Lettings are held either once or twice per month and conducted through the Bid Express System online at www.bidx.com and handled through the Contract Administration Division. Contractors need to subscribe to Bid Express before bids can be accepted on any project. As the date and time approaches for the deadline of the letting, contractors are expected to place their bids with complete documentation as necessary. Shortly after the letting, the respective bids are reviewed. All bids are evaluated thoroughly for competitiveness and deemed acceptable through guidelines as approved by policy, reviewed, and approved by the FHWA. Award of the contracts is made based on recommendation by our Awards Committee based on the results that evaluation and approval by the commissioner. Projects are typically awarded to the lowest bidder that has all proper documentation in place.
- - Red Sulphur Bridge in Monroe County. The bridge lies on a major road connecting West Virginia with Virginia.
- - Road striping projects in District 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
- - ADA ramp projects in Wardensville in Hardy County and US 250 in Barbour County.
- - ADA curb access project on Cove Road in Hancock County and MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha County.
- - Turn lane and resurfacing project on the Mountaineer Highway in Wetzel County.
- - Resurfacing project on Amma Road in Roane County.
- - Slide correction and pile wall project on Spring Run Road in Ritchie County.
- - Resurfacing project on Baileysville-Clear Fork Road in Wyoming County.
- - Resurfacing project on English-Yukon Road in McDowell County.
- - Replacement project for the Clinton Bridge in Ohio County.