Preliminary work in progress on Wood County road bond projects

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) The West Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for two major Wood County highway projects, slated to benefit from the road bond approved by voters last fall.

Construction set to begin Monday on Demers Ave in Grand Forks.

Planning is under way for additional lanes on state route 2 from Valley Mills to route 31, and for more lanes on route 14 from the Gihon Road and Rayon Drive intersection to Pettyville.

District 3 Engineer Rusty Roten says that's even though bonds for those projects will not actually be sold until 2019.

"The plans that we've had will have to be dusted off, updated, and we ought to go pretty quickly once the bonds are sold next year," Roten says.

In the meantime, Roten says the DOT is preparing for some "spin off" projects, using funds from Division of Motor Vehicles fees also earmarked for road bond construction.

They include repaving in Community Acres, River Hill and Spider Ridge roads.