EL Robinson Engineering Co. teamed with Kokosing Construction Company, Inc. to prepare a bid for the West Virginia Department of Highways for the Corridor H – Kerens to US 219 Connector project. The project extends Corridor H (US 48), in a northeasterly direction, from its current termini near Kerens in Randolph County to the Proposed US 219 Connector, which is located about half way between Montrose and Parsons on US 219 in Tucker County. The project consisted of approximately 7.5 miles of new four-lane divided highway, multiple at-grade intersections, a concrete box underpass structure, approximately 2.5 miles of side road access, forest trail head parking areas and five sets of mainline structures. The structures on this project ranged from 550 feet to 1,300 feet in length. There was approximately 10.5 million cubic yards of earthwork associated with this project as well. The bid price was $210,00,000 and is the largest project ever let by the West Virginia Department of Highways.
Other elements of design on this project included rockfall catchment areas, waste areas, gas line relocation, right-of-way layout, major and minor drainage design, sediment and erosion control measures and aquatic organism passages with naturalized stream design.
The Corridor H project, as a whole, is known for its environmental sensitivity. This portion of the project was no exception. Many of the streams within the construction area were Tier 3 waters, or discharged into Tier 3 waters. Also, the majority of this project (4.75 miles) was located within the Monongahela National Forest.