By ANDREA LANNOM
BECKLEY, W.Va. — Work to widen an 8-mile section of the turnpike from the I-64 split to U.S. 19 in Beckley is expected to start in July and continue for two years – courtesy of $800 million in general obligation bonds.
West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith explained the project will be one of the first general obligation projects to take place.
“This will be the biggest bond offering for transportation purposes ever,” Smith said Thursday. “Last year, in October, we had $210 million in bond offerings, which was the biggest at that point, but now suddenly, in May, we will be looking at almost four times that with the G.O. bonds.”
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