Sample Projects / Heavy Highway : I-79 Design/Build initial Phase

To successfully complete a design and build project of this magnitude within a very aggressive time frame, you must have a contractor with extensive experience. However, experience must be matched with the proper equipment, the manpower, and, most importantly, the ability to plan and schedule extremely well. Mountaineer Contractors has proven equal to the task and successfully works together with the various entities involved to keep the project moving forward and ensure it’s done right.

- Jeff Weber, Project Engineer, WVDOH

Project Info:

Location: Morgantown, WV

Approx. Value:

Client: West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways

Status: In-Progress


     Sure, it takes skills and a competitive bid to be awarded a construction job. However, to take on a massive construction project—centered around a heavily traveled interstate and highly populated area that involves designing and constructing a range of physical components to complete in less than half the usual time—it takes so much more than that.

Organization was just one word that came to mind for Jeff Weber, Project Engineer at the West Virginia Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways (DOH)—a repeat client for Mountaineer Contractors. Despite the time and spatial constraints, we took this project head on. At Mountaineer, we believe that organizational skills and general contracting knowhow are key, but it’s our company’s experienced people who get the job done. Evolving from a family business, Mountaineer’s management carries on the legacy that all employees are always treated with the utmost care and respect, which in turn evokes a sense of willingness and drive among our workers to succeed.

The primary goal of this project is to create easier and more direct access from the interstate to the new Monongalia County Ballpark and the University Town Center. Ultimately, this will improve the economic value of the town of Granville, W. Va., on the edge of Morgantown. After literally moving mountains (excavating over one million cubic yards of dirt), we were faced with excessive water on site. Our first priority was to divert a creek and maintain the flow as natural as possible. We also faced nearly two months of solid rain, which made conditions extremely challenging and further tightened our deliverables timeframe. We strive to make adjustments when necessary to ensure each and every task is performed correctly.

Weber added, “With a project of this magnitude and on this tight of a deadline, you cannot afford to do things over again.”

In these kinds of situations, there is no room for error, and a contractor is expected to perform to the highest standards. That’s why we have our top employees, foremen, engineers, and supervisors leading the way, prioritizing the tasks at hand, and making sure the best possible work is executed from the Mountaineer team.

In the span of 16 months, Mountaineer Contractors is expected to complete the following:

  • 76 acres of clearing and grubbing
  • 1,100,000 cubic yards of unclassified excavation
  • 25,000 tons of subbase stone
  • 20,000 lineal feet of underdrain
  • 38,000 tons of superpave asphalt base and surface course
  • Sidewalk and curb pouring
  • Roundabout construction
  • 7,600 lineal feet of drainage pipe, ranging from 18 in. to 60 in. RCP (reinforced concrete pipe)
  • 1,500 lineal feet of 7 x 7 precast concrete box culvert, complete with stream diversion
  • RSS (reinforced soil slopes) and MSE (mechanically stabilized earth) retaining wall systems
  • High mast lighting
  • Tunnel extensions
  • Overhead sign erection, pavement markings
  • Traffic signal
  • Overpass bridge construction