Construction firm discusses road project

CHESTER –With the downtown road project scheduled to start this summer, the construction firm behind the project appeared before Chester City Council on Monday to answer questions regarding the matter.

Chip Dalesandro, of Golden Triangle Construction of Imperial, Pa., discussed the city project which involves Routes 30 and 2.

He referred to a map of the project, which was hanging in council chambers and outlines where construction will be taking place.

He pointed out Route 30 and noted crews poured asphalt and concrete up to Jennings Randolph Bridge last year.

Regarding Route 2, Dalesandro said he will be focusing on one lane at a time and assured council there will be traffic flow at all times. During construction, according to Dalesandro, one lane will be open to alternating traffic, and two lanes will be open when crews are not working.

“There may be a time where I have to work around the clock in that middle lane, so I can’t protect people from dropping off. I have to continue working so we can concrete in rather quickly,” he said.

Dalesandro said the state had scheduled Route 2 – in place since 1975 – to be patched this year, and noted with money put together, he believed the city could have three concrete lanes to utilize, which would measure 1,800 feet in length.

“Like anything you patch, it’s a band-aid. It won’t last,” Dalesandro said. “With everything that we’re building, we got all that money entitled together and showed them what we thought that we could give the city of Chester and the state of West Virginia three concrete lines, concrete to concrete to concrete.”

Dalesandro said the price was accepted by the state and will not cost the state or local taxpayers any additional dollars.

Dalesandro stated that, based on contractual stipulations, crews will not be able to do any work on Route 30 until the beginning of June.

“Up on 30, real quick, I can’t get up there until June 1 as per contract with the state of West Virginia,” Dalesandro said. “That is going to be a concrete overlay, seven inches of concrete over top of what’s already there.”

Dalesandro said crews will also fix drainage in that area. He added the crews will install concrete shoulders, instead of asphalt shoulders, which will be done at no cost to the taxpayers.

Dalesandro said he has kept regular contact with business owners as well with police, fire and city officials on the project, and added he is waiting for more permits to come in from the state.

Anticipating an April 17 start date, Delesandro said he looks to have everything completed by Aug. 15, but depending on weather, may be done sooner.

As for parking for local businesses, Mayor Larry Forsythe said the business will be available for parking behind the bridge, to which 23 feet of parking will be available, while Dalesandro said concrete millings will be put in place for three businesses on the road.

As for when construction begins, councilman Mike Dotson asked residents for patience as motorists can expect a delay in their travel, which could be anywhere between two to three minutes or longer.

“People will just have to be patient when they’re working on this,” Dotson said.