- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kentucky company has received the largest contract ever awarded by the West Virginia Division of Highways.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says Bizzack Construction LLC of Lexington submitted the winning bid of $174.5 million for the remaining 14.6-mile grade and drain project on U.S. 35. It’s the second project in the state to utilize the Public Private Partnership financing method.

Preliminary work will start this year. Officials say the major grade and drain work is scheduled to begin next spring.

After the project is completed, the entire length of U.S. 35 in West Virginia, from Point Pleasant to the I-64 Interchange at Crooked Creek, will be four lanes. It is scheduled to open to traffic upon completion of the paving contract, in the fall of 2019.

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