- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kentucky company has won a contract to build a section of the Coalfields Expressway in southern West Virginia.

Bizzack Construction, LLC of Lexington, Kentucky bid about $45 million for the project. West Virginia officials announced the contract on Friday in a news release.

The new segment will link Mullens to sections of the expressway under construction. It’s expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.

West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox says in the release that the project will be the Division of Highway’s first public-private partnership project under a 2013 state law.

The law allows the DOH commissioner to reach public-private road project deals without legislative approval.

When completed, the Coalfields Expressway will run from Raleigh County in West Virginia to Buchanan County in Virginia.

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