CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways announced today the opening of the McClanahan Bridge, a Roads to Prosperity project, in Putnam County. The bridge will be open to traffic starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020.
“I promised West Virginians that my Roads to Prosperity program would modernize our transportation system and boost our economy through billions of dollars in new construction and maintenance work on our existing roads and bridges,” Gov. Justice said. “Today, another one of the hundreds of construction projects made possible by Roads To Prosperity has been completed and we are excited that this bridge that provides critical access in Putnam County has been replaced and is open again to our motorists.”
The McClanahan Bridge crosses the Poca River along County Route 31 in Lanham. This Roads to Prosperity Project is funded through the second round of GARVEE Bonds and was a design-build project awarded to Kelly Paving of Williamstown in April 2018 with a bid of $2,284,954.42.
“Our transportation system improvements are continuing everyday thanks to Governor Justice’s visionary Roads To Prosperity plan,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Byrd White. “This project is another great example of our commitment to this historic construction program established by the Governor.”
The contract amount also includes the replacement of the Harmons Creek bridge along County Route 38. Harmons Creek bridge was used as a detour during the McClanahan Bridge replacement and work to replace that structure will begin soon.