UPDATE 5/7/13 @ 7:40 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Division of Highways is considering widening Interstate 64 in part of Putnam County.
For about a 4-mile stretch between Scott Depot and Nitro, there are only four lanes. It switches to six lanes on each end of that particular stretch.
This often creates a bottleneck scenario, slowing traffic and even causing accidents.
While some are on board with the proposal, others say it should stay the way it is.
"This widening of the road will really benefit the people," Dave Pike, a commuter from Huntington, said.
"With the highway, it's big enough for me right now," Barbara Shipman of Nitro said.
"I don't think we need it," Dorothy Cyrus of St. Albans said. "I think it's a waste of money because we're getting through anyway."
The DOH is still in the very early stages of the project.
Several studies must be done before it's even approved, and DOH officials say it could be years before anything is done.
In the meantime, they want your input.
A public meeting is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Rockbranch Elementary in Nitro.
Those wishing to file written comments may send them to Gregory Bailey, P.E., Director Engineering Division, West Virginia Division of Highways, Capitol Complex Building 5, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305-0430 on or before Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Visit the WVDOH Website at http://go.wv.gov/dotcomment for project information and the opportunity to comment on the project.
The Division of Highways is having an informational meeting on Monday, May 20 on a proposed plan to widen I-64 from the new interchange at Crooked Creek to east of the Nitro Interchange.
The area between exit 39 and exit 45 is a nearly a four mile stretch of interstate that sits between two existing six-lane sections of Interstate 64.
The proposed project would not only widen that stretch of road to six lanes, but it would also call to build a new second truss bridge over the Kanawha River.
DOH officials will not have a formal presentation for the meeting, but this public hearing will allow drivers to ask questions about the project. Written comments will also be collected until June 20.
The public meeting is set for May 20 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Rock Branch Elementary School.
For more information, click on the link above.
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