Updated Thu, Nov 15, 2012 12:39 pm
Drivers can now zip along a new $9.4 million bridge in Wood County.
The bridge in Mineral Wells is the final phase of a three-part project started in 2001.
The new bridge on West Virginia Route 14 opened Thursday afternoon.
The first phase was the addition of an overpass at Interstate 77 in Mineral Wells.
The second phase added four lanes in Pettyville.
Division of Highway spokesman Jared Evans said the project made safety improvements in the area.
"That way there is less congestion, quicker way to get in and out, improve different safety features that we improved where we were doing it to, that definetly is going to improve the area," said Evans.
The new bridge eliminates a sharp curve in the road in a highly congested area.