Construction of Mon General Drive is now complete.
With the arrival of spring weather, asphalt plants re-opened in April allowing contractors to complete the intersection of Mon General Drive and J.D. Anderson Drive and put the final top coat of asphalt down. Paving took place the week of April 30.
Immediately after the paving was completed, painters put the road’s permanent sign markings and center lines down. “All that remains is fine tuning of the signage, landscaping and the relocation of a few utility poles,” said Mon General Hospital Vice President Steve Mariner. Signage and landscaping is expected to be complete by the end of May and utility work by the end of June. This work is not expected to impact traffic.
During construction of the new intersection and the paving, J.D. Anderson Drive was temporarily closed to through traffic and traffic was often confined to one lane. “We very sincerely appreciated the patience of everyone during the course of the project and most particularly those few weeks where things were in a state of gravel, temporary roads, flaggers, a lot of dust, and countless other inconveniences,” Mariner said.
Mon General Drive begins at Rt. 705, across from Don Nehlen Drive, and continues non-stop to the hospital. It has been open to traffic since late January.
The new access road provides a more direct route to Mon General Hospital from WV Route 705. Ground was broken for the project on June 9, 2011. The new road features dedicated turn lanes, is fully lighted from Rt. 705 to the hospital, has a guard rail system, curbs and gutters and a four-foot wide sidewalk.
By adding a turn lane and direct access to Rt. 705, the new road is expected to reduce traffic congestion on Pineview Drive. It also provides Mon EMS ambulances and rescue vehicles a safer and more expeditious access to Rt. 705.
The $4.1 million access road project was approved by the West Virginia Department of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration. It was paid for through a $918,000 federal grant and a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) bond issue. Mon Health System issued the bonds and will be repaid over the life of the bonds through property tax revenue from a Monongalia County Commission approved TIF district that surrounds the new road.
The road was designed by Alpha Associates and constructed by Laurita Excavating, both local companies.