Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 21, 2013

Repairs being made to portion of Route 460

KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREEN VALLEY — Three new turning lanes on U.S. Route 460 will be the result of the first of two major paving projects underway on the highway.

Tom Camden, manager of the West Virginia Division of Highways District 10, said paving is underway on a 2.25-mile section of Route 460 between Clover Dairy Road and Green Valley Road.

“This is a $1.5 million project,” Camden said. “In terms of the cost associated with a single paving job this is one of the largest in the district. It also is on one of the more visible roads. The contract for the paving was awarded to West Virginia Paving. We anticipate it will be completed by Sept. 15 if weather allows.”

In addition to repaving, Camden said some new turning lanes will be installed.

“They are putting a 2-inch overlay over the existing paving as well as restriping and installing guardrails,” Camden said. “We will be installing three turning lanes at Country Girl Road, Green Valley Road, and Clover Dew Dairy Road. Since we were already paving in the area we hoped to improve the safety of that area by allowing people a safer area to turn.”

As the project continues, Camden said it is important for motorists to respect crews in the work zone.

“This is a contract job so the Division of Highways will only have inspectors on the site,” he said. “However, we ask that people show these contractors the same type of respect and concern for safety they would show to our DOH employees. We ask that people slow down, watch and read the signs and just be extra cautious when driving in the area.”

When this project is complete, Camden said crews will be working on a second paving job on Route 460.

“We hope to have the second job completed before the end of the summer season,” he said. “This project involves microsurfacing. They will apply a layer thinner than usually used on your average road project and this will not only be cheaper but help extend the life of the roadway.”

Though construction season is winding down, Camden said motorists can expect to see more paving projects on Route 460 in the coming years.

“Typically, the weather has a lot to do with the length of the construction season,” he said. “Traditionally, asphalt plants close by Thanksgiving and we can pave on up to Thanksgiving if the weather allows. However, the weather doesn’t always cooperate. Over the next couple of years we are trying to get most of Route 460 repaved since it is one of the most heavily traveled roads for our local people.”

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com