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Public assembly set to debate Monongahela bridge venture

MORGANTOWN — A public assembly to debate the West Virginia Division of Highways plan to construct a brand new bridge throughout the Monongahela River will likely be held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday within the Westwood Center College Gymnasium. 

Based mostly on tough preliminary sketches offered to The Dominion Publish, the bridge will hook up with U.S. 119/Grafton Highway within the lower than half-mile stretch between Scott Avenue and the Glotfelty Tire Heart, at 370 Grafton Highway. The connection will intersect Smithtown Highway at grade south of the Kingdom Corridor of Jehovah’s Witnesses (379 Smithtown Highway) earlier than crossing the river and connecting on to Rail Road, which is a part of the Morgantown Industrial Park highway community. 

The DOH has mentioned it intends to construct the bridge within the subsequent 27 months — at a value within the neighborhood of $70 million — to expedite interstate entry for vehicles headed to and from the park, and particularly, Mountaintop Beverage. 

Whereas there will likely be no formal presentation, representatives from the DOH and the Federal Freeway Administration will likely be readily available to debate the proposed venture and reply questions. 

Venture maps and different supplies will likely be accessible for assessment throughout the assembly and at transportation.wv.gov/highways/engineering/remark. 

These wishing to file written feedback could achieve this earlier than Nov. 3. Ship feedback to Travis Lengthy, director of the Technical Assist Division of the West Virginia Division of Highways, at 1334 Smith Road, Charleston, WV 25301. 

The state maintains the brand new bridge venture is along with a brand new I-79 Concord Grove interchange, however because the state can’t management how shortly the Federal Freeway Administration indicators off on a brand new interchange, it’s constructing the bridge to meet the promise it made to assist carry Mountaintop to West Virginia. 

Early discussions point out the interchange could possibly be accomplished inside two years after the bridge. 

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