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W.Va. transportation secretary cites Roads to Prosperity successes, setbacks


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Transportation Secretary Tom Smith told legislators Sunday that the $2.8 billion Roads to Prosperity road building initiative has seen successes and setbacks — including bids for two major projects that came in well over estimates.

“It is our job to manage the pluses and the minuses,” Smith told the interim Commission on Department of Transportation Accountability. “At the end of the day, this is all about kick-starting our economy, making our state better and addressing infrastructure that’s been neglected for so long.”

While headlines have been on overbids of $100 million over original estimates on a project on Interstate 70 in Wheeling, and $45.6 million over original estimates for widening the West Virginia Turnpike near Beckley, Smith said there have also been successes.

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