WV officials begin to build highway to connect Welch with the Coalfields Expressway

West Virginia's project costs $147.6 million and will require 16 million yards of excavation

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West Virginia officials are marking the start of road work to connect the town of Welch with the Coalfields Expressway.

The $147.6 million project includes construction of two ramps and two bridges and will require more than 16 million yards of excavation, Gov. Jim Justice's office said Monday.

A 5.12-mile section of highway will be built from Welch in the southern part of the state to West Virginia Highway 16.

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West Virginia is building a highway to connect the town of Welch with the Coalfields Expressway.

West Virginia is building a highway to connect the town of Welch with the Coalfields Expressway.

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Bizzack Construction of Lexington, Kentucky, will complete the project, which is expected to be complete in 2026.