CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, and Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox, today announced Mountaineer Contractors, Inc., of Kingwood, W.Va. was awarded the contract to construct the new Prichard Intermodal Facility located off of Route 52 in Wayne County, W.Va. The bid was for $27,383,738.50
"By making the Mountain State more accessible, the Prichard Intermodal Facility will be instrumental in encouraging economic development in the region as well as providing employment opportunities for West Virginians," said Gov. Tomblin. "Today's announcement brings us closer to making this facility a reality. Thank you to Congressman Rahall, Speaker Thompson, Del. Perdue and Sen. Plymale for helping advance this project."
"This facility is significant in bridging and leveraging our ability to compete with freight movement from Virginia ports to Chicago, Illinois port destinations. Our goal is to provide economic growth in the area as well as having a facility to alleviate our transportation corridors by utilizing rail," said Secretary Mattox. "The combination of a $12 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant, and monies from the Special Rail and Intermodal Enhancement Fund (SRIE), allowed us to provide funding for this extremely important project, and I would like to personally acknowledge the leadership and support of Congressman Rahall, Governor Tomblin, State Senator Plymale, Speaker Thompson and Delegate Perdue."
This project is a result of public and private partnerships stemming from the Heartland Corridor project that was developed to facilitate more efficient travel on Norfolk Southern rail lines between the Norfolk, Virginia port region and two Midwest destinations-Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio.
"I commend Governor Tomblin and all those who have worked so hard to ensure that we are taking further steps forward on this important project - and that it is in fact coming in under budget," said Speaker Rick Thompson. "For years I have strongly believed that the intermodal facility at Prichard, as well as its accompanying infrastructure, is essential to economic development and job creation in the region, and that is why I have continued to advocate for its completion."
"The culmination of a ten year effort, facilitated by the vision of Governor Tomblin, brings the marvel of opportunity not only to Wayne County but all of southern West Virginia," said Del. Don Perdue. "It is a beautiful and memorable day!"
"The intermodal facility culminates 11-12 years of hard work that will bring one of the most significant economic development opportunities to our region," said Sen. Bob Plymale. "This strategic investment enables us to participate in the global market place. I'm excited about our future."
The facility is expected to be operational by 2014.
Amy Shuler Goodwin