Ten of those companies submitted bids, and on Tuesday, officials with the West Virginia Division of Highways announced the company that will receive the contract.
Kokosing Construction of Columbus submitted the lowest bid of $42,841,837.97, Charles Lanham, co-chairman of the U.S. 35 committee, said. Bizzac Construction Co. Inc. submitted the second lowest bid of $45,692,543.71.
Bizzac currently is doing the work on Phase I of the project.
Other companies that expressed interest were Beaver Excavating Co., Bilco Construction Co. Inc., Cast and Baker Corp., Elmo Greer and Sons LLC, Heeter Construction Inc., Independence Excavating In., J.F. Allen Co., Kanawha Stone Co. Inc., Mashuda Corp., Mountaineer Grading Co., Orders Construction Co., Phillips Construction LLC, Trumbull Corp., Turman Construction LLC, Vecellio and Grogan Inc. and West Virginia Paving.
Lanham said the bid will be reviewed by officials for about two weeks then will be issued for work to begin.
This contract is from Upper Five Mile Road to Upper Nine Mile Creek with a connector between the new highway and the existing road near Cornstalk Road. Phase I is from Coast Guard Road to Five Mile Road.
Lanham said the cost for both contracts is more than $89 million.
“About 20 miles of 31 are under contract,” he said. “That is about $12 million a mile.”
Earlier, estimated costs for the 20 miles of roadway was more than $128 million.
Both sections are expected to be finished by Aug. 20, 2010.
Lanham said he is now ready to work on the third phase of the project, which is to find funding for the 13-mile stretch from Cornstalk Road in Mason County to the Buffalo Bridge in Putnam County.
“It is important to find funding so plans can go forward,” he said. “If we can get a company such as Kokosing to do the design and bid, it could save us money for the project.”
An estimated cost of that section of road is $200 million.