State Transportation Secretary Tom Smith wouldn’t speculate Monday on whether expensive bids on a key Roads to Prosperity project is an indication the program may produce fewer projects over the next several years.
The bids in question are for the Interstate 70 project in Wheeling that includes several bridges and other work. Smith said the project has been enhanced since it was originally announced last year so he knew it was probably going to top the original projected $170 million price tag. Bids came in about $100 million more than expected.
He didn’t rule out a possible rejection of the bids.
Smith said it’s too early to tell how the prices will change the program if it changes it at all and there is currently $1.2 billion in the bank for road construction and bridge projects and $300 million in contracts already out on the streets.