I-64 traffic backup leads to frustration, questions

Traffic backup on I-64
Traffic backup on I-64(WSAZ)
Published: Dec. 7, 2021 at 8:13 AM EST
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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Major traffic backups on Interstate 64 Tuesday morning had drivers wondering exactly what happened.

The interstate was a standstill traffic jam near the Teays Valley interchange of I-64 in Putnam County for most of the morning and part of the afternoon.

“I hit the traffic right about Teays Valley, right after Teays Valley, and just kind of sat until I could get to this exit at Winfield,” said Charlie Sineath.

He was stuck in traffic for more than an hour as he tried to travel from Huntington to Cross Lanes as traffic backups started around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“It makes you late. I mean, depending on where you work, it can be a problem,” Sineath told WSAZ.

The Division of Highways says contractors were working on removing rumble strips and patching work on both the east and westbound lanes of I-64. They got done with the work on the westbound lanes, but an asphalt spreading machine broke down before they were able to complete the work on the eastbound lanes, which then led to traffic backups during the morning rush hour, making it a frustrating morning for drivers just trying to get from point A to point B.

“It was a pain just to get off the exit, because everyone is doing the same thing,” Sineath said.

The Division of Highways says the work being done on I-64 is meant to provide a safer and smoother ride for drivers, while also better protecting the pavement on the shoulders during the coming winter months.

A new asphalt machine was sent to the site to continue the work.

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