MINERAL WELLS - A portion of a West Virginia 14 road project is being delayed because of issues related to the bridge construction, officials said on Wednesday.
Construction was halted several weeks ago on the project rerouting W.Va. 14 in Mineral Wells amid issues with the second tier, and construction and state officials are at odds as to why.
Mike Foley, construction engineer for District 3 for the West Virginia Division of Highways, said work was partially halted but declined to discuss the problems.
Work on the West Virginia 14 bridge has been halted as officials investigate “issues” regarding the job. A state highways official said work has been halted on the second tier of the bridge and the project, which was to be completed this fall, will be delayed. (Photo by Jody Murphy)
"There are several issues going on and I can't get into them yet," he said. "We are still looking into it."
The construction company, Orders Construction of St. Albans, has been given the go-ahead to complete the fill on the Mineral Wells side of the bridge.
A message left with Orders was not immediately returned.
The bridge is the third part of phase III of a larger road project in Mineral Wells, according to Foley. He said the bridge was supposed to be completed this fall; however, the issues surrounding the work will delay the completion.
Rusty Roten, District 3 engineer, said the construction costs for the bridge, including entrance and exit roads, are $9.2 million.
Foley said he didn't know what additional costs may be incurred during the delay.