RCDA approves progress on Armstrong project

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Randolph County Development Authority members unanimously approved a pair of motions regarding a project to extend the entrance to Armstrong Flooring during their monthly meeting Wednesday. From left are Kris Wilmoth, RCDA administrative assistant; Robbie Morris, RCDA executive director, Frank Koenig, RCDA board president; and Gary Clay and Mark Doak, RCDA board members.

ELKINS — The Randolph County Development Authority board of directors unanimously approved two motions regarding a project that would lengthen the entrance to Armstrong Flooring.

“As you know, we received a $250,000 grant from the West Virginia Division of Highways Development Office for extension of the deceleration turning lane into the Armstrong plant,” Robbie Morris, Randolph County Development Authority executive director said prior to the motions.

The funding is in the form of an Industrial Access Road Grant. The monies are allocated solely for projects involving roads providing access to industrial facilities throughout the state.

“The current south entrance is going to be extended downward to the new end of the building and so the state of West Virginia is providing 100 percent grant funds to have that done,” Morris said.

He noted that on Oct. 18, Randolph County Development Authority officials opened two bids that were received for the project — the first in the amount of $205,926 from Green River Group, of Morgantown, and the second in the amount of $217,929.23 from Mountaineer Infrastructure, of Dryfork.

The first motion approved by board members was to accept the big from Green River Group.

The second motion approved by the board was to authorize Morris to execute a contract with the company so the project can get underway.

Morris also applauded board members, noting that with the approval of this project, the Randolph County Development Authority has authorized more than $10 million in projects within the past six months.

Projects included in reaching that mark include the Armstrong expansion and Rail Trail Connector projects, which are both currently underway.

“I want to commend this board. That now puts you over the $10.1 million mark in contracts this authority has approved in the past six months,” Morris said. “We have a couple things going on.”

Morris added he was pleased with receiving the funds for the project.

“This is a fairly straightforward project. I was actually really happy with the bids because the engineer’s estimate on that was $198,000, they came in at $205,000. Given how road projects have gone, DOH, they knew it was $198,000 and they gave us $250,000 in case it went up,” Morris said. “We’re good so I was pleased with that. We needed a good bid.”

Currently, DOH officials are looking at whether or not a stoplight should be installed along U.S. 219/250 because once the project is completed, the new entrance to the Armstrong Flooring facility will be located directly across from the entrance to Scott’s Lake Road, according to Morris.

He also said this project is being done because the expansion to the facility will place the building from the current entrance/exit. It is not being done because of accidents or traffic issues.