WINNER: Innovative Management – Medium Project
WVDOT constructed a 1.5-mile-long, four-lane highway to provide a direct connection from Interstate 79 to downtown Fairmont. The connector has become the “front door” to the downtown area for Fairmont residents and visitors.
Utilizing a context-sensitive solution design to integrate the project into the surrounding neighborhoods, the connector incorporates many amenities not typical of highway construction. These include bus shelters, bike and pedestrian paths, paver and granite crosswalks, landscaping, and special lighting, all which were designed to give the corridor a park-like setting. The project also includes use of the first two modern roundabouts on the West Virginia highway system.