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Miller expects the travel plazas to be completed by the end of the year

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Work to reconstruct the Travel Plazas on the West Virginia Turnpike is progressing. Parkways Authority Executive Director Jeff Miller took time last week to provide an update on construction progress.

Jeff Miller, executive director of Parkways Authority

“I know you’ve been driving by here for two years wondering where we are. I’m happy to announce that progress on this is going very well,” Miller told Gov. Jim Justice and others gathered for a news conference near the construction site.

Miller, Justice and Transportation Secretary Jimmy Polson announced the project in 2017 to rebuild the plazas with a modernized look. Miller said he believed the design would be something people would really appreciate, with a nod to the original look of those squares called “the glass houses.”

“The greenhouses from the 1950s and 1960s meant a lot to this area. When we had the opportunity to redesign it, we looked carefully at what people would want and came up with a beautiful design. It’s something that meets today’s modern standards, but kind of harkens back to what the West Virginia Turnpike had back then,” Miller said.

He expected the projects to be completed before the end of the year.

“We hope that Governor Justice will cut the ribbons by the end of this year as Governor and not as U.S. Senator. We hope to have them ready before then,” he added.

Justice congratulated Miller and his team on the work.

Demolition of the old buildings at the travel plaza began in spring 2023. Paramount Builders, a St. Albans contractor, will be paid $122.8 million to rebuild the facilities. Work on the Morton Travel Plaza in Kanawha County is expected to begin next spring.

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