Work on the new highway that will run through McDowell and Wyoming counties and other parts of southern West Virginia for years, with the last contract being let in December, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported Monday.
The 1.9-mile road construction will start in adjacent Raleigh County and go into Wyoming County, said Richard Browning, executive director of the Coalfields Expressway Authority.
"This construction will bring the first four-lane into Wyoming County," Browning said. "It's a pretty big deal."
Browning says the project's bid was about $14.4 million, 25 percent to 30 percent less than estimated, the Daily Telegraph said.
The Coalfields Expressway is a proposed four-lane divided highway between the West Virginia Turnpike -- Interstates 64 and 77 -- near Beckley and Appalachian Corridor B , or U.S. Route 23, at Pound, Va. The highway covers 60 miles in West Virginia.