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WVDOH awards MacCorkle Avenue construction project


CHARLESTON, WV – Today, the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced the award of a contract for $10,036,333.91 to completely rebuild a section of MacCorkle Avenue, as part of longstanding plans to upgrade MacCorkle Avenue through the Kanawha City area of Charleston.

Mountaineer Contractors Inc. was the lowest of three bidders for the project, which will rebuild MacCorkle Avenue from the ground up between 33rd Street and 40th Street in Kanawha City. It is among 17 projects that were awarded from a bid letting conducted by the WVDOH on Oct. 19.

Gov. Jim Justice approved the bid award for the project, which will be funded through his $2.8 billion Roads To Prosperity highway construction and maintenance program. 

This marks the second road project since 2017 that will provide major upgrades to MacCorkle Avenue, with a third such project still to come.

Once all three projects are complete, motorists will be able to drive on smooth, new pavement all the way from 33rd Street to 58th Street.

Contractors are currently finishing the installation of 105 new ADA-compliant curb cuts along MacCorkle Avenue. That work must be completed before work can begin on MacCorkle Avenue itself.

The third piece of the puzzle – revamping MacCorkle Avenue from 40th Street to 58th Street – will go out for bid in the coming months.

Rebuilding MacCorkle Avenue from 33rd to 40th streets is expected to take about two years.
About the bid award process:
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 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.​