- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia transportation officials say they’ve received a low bid of $57.8 million for building a nearly three-mile, four-lane road to connect two highways to a planned development at a reclaimed coal mine in southern West Virginia.

The Department of Transportation says all bids will be reviewed and the contract awarded in the next several days.

The apparent low bidder is Bizzack Construction LLC, of Lexington, Kentucky.

Last week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the West Virginia National Guard will increase training, expand vehicle and tire maintenance programs on property and launch an agriculture project adjacent to the 12,000-acre site.

The former Hobet surface mine site in Boone and Lincoln counties has been renamed Rock Creek Development Park.

Tomblin highlighted the project at in his January State-of-the-State speech.

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