This presentation will highlight the challenges faced during the planning and construction of the new I-79 interchange in Morgantown, West Virginia, including a former coal mine, acid mine drainage pipelines, steep mountainous terrain, structures, a cemetery, streams, and wetlands. Matt and Dirar Ahmad, PE from the WVDOT Engineering Division will discuss how the design team 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.
The presentation also will highlight how B&N, WVDOT and the land developer collaborated to produce NEPA documents and advertise a design-build proposal within an aggressive timeframe. WVDOT will conclude with a photo walk-through of the construction process.