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UPDATE: New Traffic Pattern in I-64 Widening Zone

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UPDATE 10/18/13 @ 8:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new traffic pattern will be implemented beginning Friday night (Oct. 18) for westbound Interstate 64 in the construction zone between the 29th Street exit (Exit 15) and 16th Street exit (Hal Greer Boulevard/Exit 11) of Huntington, according to information from the West Virginia Division of Highways.

Motorists are urged to use caution in that area.

The construction zone is due to a project to widen 4 miles of I-64 to six lanes.

Because of a delayed start early this past spring and weather issues since the project began, Project Engineer Don Rose tells WSAZ.com he now expects the widening to be done in late October 2014 -- about a month behind original schedule.



UPDATE 9/13/13 @ 8 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A construction project to widen four miles of I-64 in Huntington to six lanes is a month behind schedule.

The construction is taking place between Exit 11, Hal Greer, and Exit 15, 29th Street.

The work was originally set to begin back on March 11 and end in September 2014, but the work was delayed until April due to weather issues.

Because of the delayed start and other weather issues since the start, Project Engineer, Don Rose, tells WSAZ.com he now expects the widening to be done in late October 2014.

"We're working right in the median and that water's collecting there and we're trying to fill it and put asphalt in,” said Rose. "So with it being muddy, you don't get a good foundation for your materials."

Rose says about 25 percent of the project is complete, which includes the median wall and most of the paving from the Hal Greer exit to the Norwood Tunnel overpass.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



UPDATE 6/21/13 @ 6 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you're speeding on Interstate 64, state police are reminding you to take it down a notch -- especially in work zones, like the one between Hal Greer Boulevard and 29th Street.

Troopers say not only is speeding dangerous in construction zones, where the posted speed limit is 50 miles per hour, but so is changing lanes. There are signs posted reminding drivers to stay in their lanes -- but much like driving above the speed limit, it's a rule of the road that is often broken.

"You don't have time to react, going 65, 70 miles an hour through here," West Virginia State Police Cpl. R.S. Charlton said. "If a truck pulls out in front of you, you got no place to go. There's no shoulder to get off of. You're just looking at road and guardrail."

With so many people speeding, troopers say they can't even go after everyone.

"Makes it kind of congested, makes it tough for us to get out, which, in turn, makes it tough if you've got to try to avoid something on the road," Charlton said. "It's going to hold traffic up, like the rain-related collision down on the bridge in Kanawha County a couple weeks ago."

Add that to the danger for workers in construction zones, and the punishments are even stiffer.

"Double fine, double points. It's pretty much double everything," Charlton said. "You get a $100 speeding ticket, you're going to be looking at a $200 speeding ticket."

But Charlton also said he doesn't think getting pulled over is the worst that could happen.

"I'd much rather stop you for speeding in a construction zone than I would have to come and scrape you up off the middle of the roadway for speeding in a construction zone," he said. "It makes it a whole lot easier for all of us."

In West Virginia, where this construction is taking place, your license will be suspended for 30 days if you get 12 points on your license.



UPDATE 5/16/13 @ 5:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Road work is causing some issues for drivers on I-64, but workers have tried to make things a little safer at the Hal Greer on ramp.

West Virginia Paving and the West Virginia Department of Highways have installed rumble strips and more "Stop Ahead" signs to warn drivers entering the interstate.

In addition, crews added "Merge Left" signs on the eastbound lanes before the on ramp to warn drivers that traffic is entering the interstate.

WV Paving and the WVDOH urge all drivers to obey the 50mph speed limit that is posted in the construction area.

The project is expected to be finished by September 28, 2014.



UPDATE 5/7/13 @ 6:05 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Four miles of Interstate 64 has been squeezed to traffic, as the West Virginia Division of Highways continues its widening project through Cabell County.

"It's very tight through here," WVDOH Construction Engineer Chris Collins said. "There's not much room for error, so we're urging people to obey the speed limit."

The project will widen I-64 between Hal Greer Boulevard and Route 60.

"The biggest problem is speed," Collins said. "It's goes from 65 mph to 50 mph, and people need to pay close attention to the traffic signs."

One change, drivers will notice, is there will be more signs leading up on the entrance ramp on I-64 at Hal Greer Boulevard. It is a complete stop before merging into traffic. That sign is blocked from sight leading up the ramp.

"We do understand it's not best-case scenario for the situation," Collins said. "We are in the process of looking at some alternatives and making some changes in that area."



UPDATE 4/2/13 @ 1 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Monday, April 8 is now the projected start date to begin construction on widening a portion of I-64 to six lanes in the Huntington area.

The construction project will take place between Exit 11, Hal Greer, and Exit 15, 29th Street.

The work was originally set to begin on March 11, but West Virginia Paving has been forced to delay the project every week, the past four weeks due to weather, according to the Division of Highways.

The latest start date was Thursday, April 4.

The project consists of adding an additional lane in both directions on the median side of the road, installing a median concrete barrier, and replacing the Cedar Crest Bridge with a new six-lane structure.

Jack Withrow with West Virginia Paving tells WSAZ.com that there will not be any more delays on the project.

Withrow says they will start Monday night with some milling up of the old pavement and paving the shoulders in preparation for installing barrier walls around the median.

The project is expected to be finished by September 28, 2014.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/25/13 @ 11:20 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For the third week in a row, weather is delaying a project to widen a portion of I-64 to six lanes in the Huntington area.

The widening project will take place between Exit 11, Hal Greer, and Exit 15, 29th Street.

The work was originally set to begin on March 11, but the contractor has again put the project on hold until Monday, April 1 due to weather conditions, according to the Division of Highways

The project consists of adding an additional lane in both directions on the median side of the road, installing a median concrete barrier, and replacing the Cedar Crest Bridge with a new six-lane structure.

The project is expected to be finished by September 28, 2014.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/19/13 @ 9:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – For the second week in a row, weather is delaying a project to widen a portion of I-64 to six lanes in the Huntington area.

The widening project will take place between Exit 11, Hal Greer, and Exit 15, 29th Street.

The work was originally set to begin on March 11, but on that day the contractor decided to delay the construction by a week due to impending bad weather.

Now the Division of Highways says the contractor is again delaying the widening work until Monday, March 25.

The project consists of adding an additional lane in both directions on the median side of the road, installing a median concrete barrier, and replacing the Cedar Crest Bridge with a new six-lane structure.

The speed limit in the area is being reduced to 50 MPH during construction.

The DOH says the contractor is required to maintain two-lane traffic in both the east and westbound lanes between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. The contractor is permitted to have a lane closure in both directions between 7 p.m. to 5a.m.

The project is expected to be finished by September 28, 2014.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/11/13 @ 11:45 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The start of work to widen a portion of I-64 to six lanes in the Huntington area is being delayed by one week.

The widening project will take place between Exit 11, Hal Greer, and Exit 15, 29th Street.

The work was set to begin Monday night, but due to impending bad weather this week, the Division of Highways says the widening work won’t start until Monday, March 18.

The project consists of adding an additional lane in both directions on the median side of the road, installing a median concrete barrier, and replacing the Cedar Crest Bridge with a new six-lane structure.

The speed limit in the area is being reduced to 50 MPH during construction.

The DOH says the contractor is required to maintain two-lane traffic in both the east and westbound lanes between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. The contractor is permitted to have a lane closure in both directions between 7 p.m. to 5a.m.

The project is expected to be finished by September 28, 2014.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/28/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After several years of delay, a project to widen I-64 to six lanes in the Huntington area is set to begin in a couple of weeks.

The Division of Highways announced Thursday that the widening project will take place between Exit 11, Hal Greer, and Exit 15, 29th Street.

The work will consist of adding an additional lane in both directions on the median side of the road, installing a median concrete barrier, and replacing the Cedar Crest Bridge with a new six-lane structure.

Work is scheduled to start on March 11, with prep work starting Monday. The speed limit in the area will be reduced to 50 MPH during construction.

The DOH says the contractor is required to maintain two-lane traffic in both the east and westbound lanes between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The contractor is permitted to have a lane closure in both directions between 7 p.m. to 5a.m.

Signs are already going up to warn drivers about the construction project.

The project is expected to be finished by September 28, 2014.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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