Phase 2 construction is underway.

Please see the traffic impacts
section below for details.

All lanes open
6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Expect night time single lane closures
7:00 PM to 6:00 AM

About the project

The West Virginia Division of Highways is excited to announce the start of the first contract to reconstruct MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City from 33rd to 40th Street. The second contract from 40th to 58th Street is scheduled to begin in the near future. Both projects involve the complete reconstruction of the existing roadway along with additional improvements to adjacent roadway features as discussed below.

To provide a long-lasting smooth road surface the existing roadway will be removed and reconstructed with all new subgrade material and pavement along with new curbing and drainage structures.  

The safety of the travelling public and pedestrian traffic is important to the West Virginia Division of Highways. With this in mind, existing sidewalks will be removed and reconstructed to current ADA standards. Additionally, signage, lighting and traffic signals will be replaced for improved traffic flow and safety as well.

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Construction phases

Construction phases for Contract 1 Kanawha City 33rd to 40th Street are below. Please click each phase to learn more about the proposed construction schedule and how it may affect your travel times. Zoom in for a more detailed view of traffic patterns and where work will be taking place. Click on the shaded areas in the map for more details.

Phase 2: Reconstruction West Side of Roadway

All traffic will be shifted to the east. Southbound traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed roadway in the median and center turn lane area. Northbound traffic will remain on existing northbound roadway. The work area will be on the west side of the roadway.

Phase 3: Reconstruction East Side of Roadway

All traffic will be shifted to the west. Northbound traffic will utilize the newly constructed roadway in the median and center turn lane area. Southbound traffic will utilize the newly constructed roadway finished in Phase 2 located on the west side of the existing roadway. The work area will be on the east side of the roadway.

Phase 4: Sidewalk and Curb Reconstruction

All traffic will utilize newly constructed roadway and future turn lane areas while existing sidewalks and curbing are removed and reconstructed on the east and west side of the project. New roadway lighting, signage and signals will be installed.

Phase 5: Median Curbs/Islands and Center Turn Lanes

All traffic will utilize newly constructed northbound and southbound lanes while final construction of median curbs and islands are completed.

Phase 1: Median/Turn Lane Reconstruction

Phase 1 of the project was completed in June 2022. Northbound and southbound traffic will utilize two lanes each restricted to 10 feet wide while the median and center turn lane areas are removed and reconstructed. 

Phase 5-Median Curbs/Islands and Center Turn Lanes (Final)

All traffic will utilize newly constructed Northbound and Southbound lanes while final construction of median curbs and islands are completed.

Phase 1- Median/Turn Lane Reconstruction

Northbound and Southbound traffic will utilize 2-lanes each restricted to 10 feet wide while the median and center turn lane areas are removed and reconstructed. 

Phase 2-Reconstruction West Side of Roadway

All traffic will be shifted to the East.  Southbound traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed roadway in the median and center turn lane area. North bound traffic will remain on existing northbound roadway. Work area will be on the West side of the roadway.

Phase 3-Reconstruction East Side of Roadway

All traffic will be shifted to the West.  Northbound traffic will utilize the newly constructed roadway in the median and center turn lane area.  Southbound traffic will utilize the newly constructed roadway finished in phase 2 located on the west side of the existing roadway.

Phase 4-Sidewalk and Curb Reconstruction

All traffic will utilize newly constructed roadway and future turn lane areas while existing sidewalks and curbing are removed and reconstructed on the East and West side of the project.  New roadway lighting, signage and signals will be installed.

Phase 5-Median Curbs/Islands and Center Turn Lanes (Final)

All traffic will utilize newly constructed Northbound and Southbound lanes while final construction of median curbs and islands are completed.

Frequently asked questions

When will the project begin?

April 11, 2022.

How long will the project last?

Contract 1, 33rd to 40th Street is scheduled to be completed July 26, 2024. The completion date for Contract 2, 40th to 58th Street has not been determined at this time.

Why is this project taking so long?

This is a total reconstruction and the roadway will be completely removed to a depth of 18 inches and constructed back from the bottom up including all new drainage, curbs, sidewalks, signage and traffic signals. To lessen the impact to the public, the West Virginia Division of Highways elected to utilize phased construction with small construction stages which increases the time of the project.

Will work be completed at night or during the day?

Work will be conducted both during the day and the night. To keep traffic impacts to a minimum, more intrusive work will be done at night and also on weekends.

How many lanes of traffic will be closed during the project?

The construction phases of the project will provide two lanes both northbound and southbound during the duration of the project. Please see the construction phases for more detailed information on how two northbound and southbound lanes of traffic will be maintained during the day. Subject to single lane closures at night.

Will there be detours during the project?

Construction is being performed in small stages, eliminating the need for detours. If emergencies are encountered, detours may be put in place as per the project’s Traffic Management Plan.

Will pedestrian traffic be affected during the project?

Due to the nature of the project, sidewalks will be removed and reconstructed. Accommodations for pedestrian traffic will be provided.

As a business owner will I be notified when construction may interfere with my business location?

Businesses affected by construction activities will be notified in advance of the construction schedule in their area. Steps will be taken to limit impacts to vehicular or pedestrian traffic to their location.

Will emergency response such as fire, ambulance or police be hindered?

To prevent these issues, additional communication has been put in place with all emergency response stakeholders in the area. 

If traveling to the area should I expect delays?

Minimal delays should be expected. Please check the website prior to visiting the area so that you can be advised of where active construction is taking place. It is recommended you allow additional time and leave early if traveling in the area. Please recognize peak traffic times will have more of an effect than others.

How can I get project updates and where construction is ongoing?

Please visit the Traffic Impacts section of this website.

Contact Us

General information

info@kanawhacityreconstruction.com

Media inquiries

Jennifer.J.Dooley@wv.gov

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