The New I-79 Interchange in Morgantown
While not a traditional Public-Private-Partnership, tax increment financing (TIF) is being used to fund the construction of a new interchange on an aggressive schedule along I-79 near Morgantown, West Virginia.
The challenging site includes a former coal mine, acid mine drainage pipelines, steep mountainous terrain, structures, a cemetery, streams, and wetlands. We will discuss how the design team has approached these challenges and adapted the design in a way that optimizes the value of the future parcels. The new interchange will provide better access to a growing community and will be designed to serve up to 180 acres of commercial development as well as the new community baseball stadium.
This presentation will highlight the TIF funding process and explore the 3D models that were created during the preliminary design of this project to communicate the design of the roundabout geometry, diamond interchange, and terraced development pads to stakeholders. We also will discuss how Burgess & Niple closely collaborated with WVDOT and the land developer to produce NEPA documents and advertise a design-build proposal within an aggressive time frame.