By: Rick Steelhammer, Staff Writer | Posted: May 8, 2018 | Source: WV Gazette-Mail

Thanks to voter approval of Gov. Jim Justice’s $1.6 billion Roads to Prosperity initiative and the Legislature’s approval of a $1 billion bond issue for highway construction last June, more than 30 road improvement projects could get underway this year in Kanawha County.

Among the major projects approved for construction in Kanawha County are $10.7 million to rehabilitate pavement on Interstate 77 between the Edens Fork and Tuppers Creek exits; $7.2 million to rehabilitate pavement on Interstate 79 between the Elkview and Clendenin exits, and $1.4 million to resurface Elk River Road.

Roads to Prosperity dollars will be spent mainly on repaving secondary roads and repairing slips in Kanawha County this year. Included in the 2018 schedule are:

Sissonville Drive, $567,000, resurfacing; Reamer Hill Road near Clendenin, $467,000, resurfacing; Rock Crest Road near South Charleston, $462,000, repair of two slips; Bufflick/Wills Creek Road near Elkview, $355,000, resurfacing; Leatherwood Road near Clendenin, $335,000, resurfacing; Emmons Road, $274,000, resurfacing; Wills Creek Road near Elkview, $250,000, slip repair; Hampshire Drive near St. Albans, $215,000, paving; Little Creek Road, $211,000, resurfacing; Upper Pinch Road, $199,000, resurfacing; Mill Creek Road, $194,000, resurfacing; Doc Bailey Road, Cross Lanes, $177,000 resurfacing; Koontz Drive/Embassy Drive, Cross Lanes, $138,000, resurfacing; Airport Road, $131,000, Dutch Road near Mink Shoals, $90,000, resurfacing.

Authorized projects in Kanawha County expected to begin in coming years financed through general obligation revenue bonds include widening Jefferson Road to four lanes from U.S. 60 to U.S. 119 (Corridor G), $66 million; building a new interchange for Lucado Road on U.S. 119 in Charleston, $65 million; and widening W.Va. 622 from three lanes to five lanes between the Cross Lanes exit on I-64 and the intersection with Little Tyler Road (W.Va. 62) in Cross Lanes.

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