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Gov. Jim Justice, WVDOH announce District 4 highway projects

CHARLESTON, WV – A project to replace a Harrison County bridge and construction of a Harrison County walking trail are among the highway contracts awarded by the West Virginia Division of Highways in December.

The District 4 projects were awarded Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 and Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Contracts were awarded from a bid letting held Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

Triton Construction Inc. was low bidder on a project to replace the Michael Angiulli Memorial Bridge in Clarksburg, with a bid of $8,460,400. The bridge was built in 1961.

R.K. Construction Inc. was low bidder on a project to build a walking trail in Shinnston City Park, with a bid of $41,992.13.

Contracts awarded in December were:
• R.K. Construction Inc. was low bidder on a walking trail project in Shinnston in Harrison County, with a bid of $41,992.13.
• Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. was low bidder on a project to replace the Lewis Bridge in Ohio County, with a bid of $1,644,370.15.
• Rock Forge Bridge Co. LLC was low bidder on a project to replace the Alton Deck Girder Bridge in Upshur County, with a bid of $2,084,596.94.
• Triton Construction Inc. was low bidder on a project to replace the Michael Angiulli Memorial Bridge in Harrison County, with a bid of $8,460,400.
• Allard Excavation LLC was low bidder on a project to replace pipe and correct drainage near the Lincoln Church of God in Lincoln County, with a bid of $380,354.75.
• R.K. Construction Inc. was low bidder on a project to replace the Stoney Lonesome Road Bridge in Roane County, with a bid of $350,792. (Roads to Prosperity)
• SMH Construction Company Inc. was low bidder on a project to replace the Tariff Bridge in Roane County, with a bid of $566,482.43. (Roads to Prosperity)
• R.K. Construction Inc. was low bidder on a project to replace the Blowntimber #1 Bridge in Roane County, $574,692. (Roads to Prosperity)
• Wolf Creek Contracting Company LLC was low bidder on rehabilitation project on the Big Creek Bridge in Fayette County, with a bid of $881,117.75.
• Alan Stone Co. Inc. was low bidder on a project to replace the Mud Fork Bridge in Roane County, with a bid of $363,449.50. (Roads to Prosperity)

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.

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