Bids for ‘Roads to Prosperity’ project surpasses estimates

WHEELING, WV (AP)- West Virginia Division of Highways documents show that bids for the first major “Roads to Prosperity” highways construction project have exceeded estimates by more than $100 million.

 

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports documents opened Wednesday show the low bid for the Interstate 70 project in Wheeling came in at more than $270 million. Some bidding surpassed $300 million.

 

A project list that was published last year shows the estimated cost for the project that includes the reconstruction or rehabilitation of miles of interstate highway was $172.5 million.

 

Highways spokesman Brent Walker says the I-70 bids raise concerns, adding that officials thought it could be a gauge of how bidding may go for other major projects.

 

Walker says officials will be analyzing the I-70 project bids over the next week.

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