Bids To be Taken for W.Va. Bridge Project

Bids are expected to be solicited next month for the replacement of the Grant Street Bridge in Bluefield, West Virginia.

The bridge, which spans the former Norfolk & Western mainline that is now part of Norfolk Southern, has been closed since June 2019.

Closure of the bridge has been an inconvenience for many Bluefield residents who have had to take circuitous routes to reach the central business district.

At one point city officials had threatened to sue NS in an effort to get the railroad to move toward repairing or replacing the bridge.

In a 1940 agreement the N&W had agreed to pay to maintain the bridge and NS had at one point recommended repairs rather than replacement.

A West Virginia Department of Highways official said construction of the new bridge should start in the spring and be done by the end of the year.

The project will receive $10.5 million in federal, state, and local funding.

Once the bridge is completed, ownership of the bridge will revert to the city.

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