by Kate Shunney
The West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) is asking state residents to review changes made to the WVDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, or STIP, for 2020 through 2025.
Public comment will be accepted through this Friday, November 19.
The STIP lists “all planned Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration expenditures” for the five-year period.
Morgan County projects underway or planned between now and 2025 are included in the STIP.
Federal law requires that changes to the STIP and certain changes to current projects or programs must be open for public review and comment before federal funds can be set aside for those projects.
WVDOT is requesting public review of proposed amendments to the approved 2020-2025 STIP. The project listing and program funding snapshots can be found by viewing Amendment 7 — Highways by visiting https://transportation.wv.gov/highways/Programming/STIP/Pages/amendments
Printed copies of the proposed amendments can be requested by writing Gehan M. Elsayed, Ph.D., P.E., Acting Chief Engineer of Programs/Deputy State Highway Engineer, West Virginia Division of Highways, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Building 5, Room 152, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0430.
Comments should be sent to the address above.
For additional information, the public can call 304-414-6912.
The new project and program list includes what the Division of Highways (DOH) calls “Groupable Buckets” — which most projects will fall into.
“Projects with a phase cost larger than $10,000,000, Safety projects, new traffic signal projects, new lane additions, new roads or new bridges, expansion projects that add capacity and projects that affect air quality are considered not groupable,” said DOH officials.
A full listing of the projects, listed by program and by county, can be read on the WVDOT website.
Paving, engineering, bridge construction, bypass construction, right of way purchases, trail building and improvement projects, Streetscapes work and traffic signals are among the items listed for Morgan County. They are arranged by fiscal year (FY).
The most significant of those include:
–U.S. 522 Bypass (FY 2020)
— Northern bypass/Fairview connector (FY 2021-2024)
— Resurfacing from Largent to Great Cacapon, Martinsburg Road resurfacing and Pious Ridge Road resurfacing (FY 2020)
— Engineering for bridges on New Hope, Smith Crossroads and Spohrs Crossroads (FY 2021)
— Cacapon Mountain Bike trails
— Bath Streetscape project (FY 2022)
— Berkeley Springs State Park improvements (FY 2022)
— Construction of New Hope, Smith Crossroads and Spohrs Crossroads bridges (FY 2023-2024)
— Berkeley Springs ADA ramps (FY 2025).
After comments generated in the review period are considered, a finalized STIP amendment is prepared and forwarded to the FHWA and/or the FTA for review/approval, said state officials.