A project widening WV 622 through the most congested part of Cross Lanes is among 34 projects included in a bid letting conducted by the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. The widening project is paid for in part with bonds sold through Gov. Jim Justice’s $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity program.
The project will widen WV 622 to five lanes from Goff Mountain Road to the intersection with WV 62 and on towards Andrew Jackson Middle School. The area has seen heavy congestion over the years as the Cross Lanes community has grown.
WVDOH met closely with local business owners during the planning of the widening project. The project required the acquisition of more than 60 separate parcels of land.
For other projects included on the Tuesday, April 11, 2023, bid letting, click here.
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 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.