Contract Awarded For Wheeling Tunnel Renovation

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wheeling, W.Va. (AP) -- Renovation of the Wheeling Tunnel's westbound tube is expected to be completed in October 2010.

The State Division of Highways awarded a $6.7 million contract for the project Wednesday to Ahern and Associates of Charleston, which submitted the lowest bid.

Highways spokesman Brent Walker says a pre-construction meeting will be held within a few weeks.

Walker says the project is expected to be suspended from Nov. 1 until Jan. 15 to accommodate holiday traffic.

Work on the tunnel's eastbound tube was completed last fall after an 18-month delay caused by construction problems.

The contractor for that project submitted a $7.3 million bid for the westbound tube.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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