by KATE SHUNNEY
West Virginia Highway officials have chosen the contractor who will build a four-lane U.S. 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs starting this year.
Trumbull Corporation won the bidding process for the highway project, submitting a bid of $59,822,690 to construct the roadway. The project includes three bridges and three at-grade intersections, and an interchange with Route 9.
Governor Jim Justice announced the project contract on Sunday, October 18 during a stop at Cacapon State Park.
Trumbull Corporation is part of Pennsylvania family of companies that specializes in heavy contracting, with offices in Pittsburgh, Exton and New Galilee, Pa. It was one of four out-of-state companies to bid on the bypass project.
Trumbull Construction beat out the next lowest bidder, A.L.L. Construction, Inc. of Mount Storm, W.Va., by $2.18 million.
Nine companies bid on the bypass contract, including five construction companies based in West Virginia. Bidding topped out at $73,180,728.
The Berkeley Springs Bypass project will be funded through the state’s Roads to Prosperity highway program, through state road bonds approved under a special state constitutional amendment passed in 2017.
Bid documents estimated construction work would begin this fall and the bypass would be completed by November of 2023.
The Division of Highways has not purchased all of the properties needed for the bypass route.