CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 11/8/19 @ 7 p.m.
Good news for drivers who use Interstate 64 between South Charleston and Charleston.
Bridge deck construction began on this stretch of Interstate 64 in Charleston on Oct. 5 and is expected to last about 60 days.
The Danner Road Overpass resurfacing project is wrapping up ahead of schedule.
The project to replace bridge decks in both directions was supposed to last 60 days.
According to a news release from Gov. Jim Justice's office, the project will be complete Saturday Nov. 9, which is more than three weeks ahead of schedule.
The project involved the closure of multiple lanes of traffic along I-64 between the Oakwood Road and Montrose Drive exits. It also shut down the Oakwood Road and Virginia Street interstate entrance ramps.
“We really thought that our original 60-day schedule was being very aggressive,” Gov. Justice said in a news release. “But our great DOH crews and the contractor absolutely knocked this one out of the park.
The news release says that follow-up work and removal of equipment may cause some brief delays and closures in the near future as the project wraps up. Finishing touches are also being up on Danner Road beneath the overpass.
UPDATE 11/7/19 @ 11:50 p.m.
Construction on the Danner Road overpass of Interstate 64 in Charleston is halfway done, and a new traffic pattern will greet Friday morning commuters.
The project means drivers will have a few more weeks of major traffic backups to deal with.
West Virginia Division of Highways crews have been shifting traffic patterns on I-64 between the Montrose Drive and the Oakwood Road exits.
As a result, drivers should get ready for a new traffic pattern starting Friday morning.
UPDATE 10/23/19 @ 4:50 p.m.
Traffic in Charleston is not expected to get any better during phase two of the Danner Road overpass project on Interstate 64 that begins Wednesday night.
Mayor Amy Goodwin's office said the state changed traffic light timing along Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington Street last week at the city's request.
Traffic is still expected to be heavy in the area due to a number or lane and interstate entrance closures.
"Between 4:30, 6:30 and 6:45 there is nothing that you can do," Dennis Marcum said. "You just have to wait your time and it is getting worse and worse every day."
Marcum said his daily commute is taking more than 30 minutes longer due to the construction.
"I think they could do a little better at trying to determine how to make things flow better," Marcum said. "If you don't have any cops out there, you have people flying through there, you also have exits closed that don't need to be."
The Department of Highways said drivers should expect even longer delays on Thursday morning due to the new traffic pattern.
Cars will now be taken onto the replaced eastbound bridge deck as work begins on the westbound side. The project is expected to be completed in late November.
UPDATE 10/22/19 @ 10:30 p.m.
The second phase of the Danner Road overpass bridge project on Interstate 64 will enter its second phase soon, the West Virginia Department of Transportation says.
By Wednesday evening, crews will shift I-64 traffic between Oakwood Road and Montrose Drive over to the newly replaced bridge on the eastbound side.
Work on the westbound bridge is set to begin Thursday morning. The speed limit has been reduced in the work zone to 50 miles per hour.
All current ramp closures will remain in place.
Work began on the project on Oct. 5. The overall project is expected to be complete around late November.
UPDATE 10/4/19 @ 1:57 p.m.
Drivers in Charleston will see some changes affecting traffic Friday night in preparation for a bridge deck replacement project.
According to the West Virginia Department of Transportation, starting at 8 p.m., the Oakwood Road westbound entrance ramp will be closed, followed by the Virginia Street westbound entrance ramp.
At 9 p.m., the two right lanes of I-64 WB will close, followed by the left two lanes of I-64 EB. Officials say this will allow crews to paint new lines and set the barrier wall. Then, there will be various rolling road blocks and changing lane closures until traffic is shifted into the new pattern for the the bridge deck replacement project, which is set to begin Saturday.
Drivers should expect some periods of congestion Friday night. The contractor is hoping to have traffic shifted into the new lanes by sunrise.
The 60-day clock on the bridge deck replacement project will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday.
UPDATE 9/26/19 @ 5:54 p.m.
Construction on Interstate 64 in Charleston is expected to cause major traffic delays beginning next weekend.
Crews will be working around the clock to replace the bridge deck near the Oakwood Road interchange.
"They will be tearing it all the way down to the bridge deck and re-pouring it back up, so that should take care of all the potholes that are constantly popping up," Department of Transportation engineer Travis Knighton said. "We won't be out there with our maintenance crews tying up traffic again, and we will increase the serviceability of this bridge for decades to come."
The project has been specifically planned to limit backups by having construction workers on site 24/7 and closing two exit ramps.
This construction comes after similar work near the Westmoreland exit during the summer that caused large delays at times. Drivers are preparing for this project to cause similar problems.
"We go to South Ridge quite a bit," Rick Newcomer said. "There is just a lot of stuff out there, and that means to get there we are either going to go through town or we are going to go to Jefferson Road which is a nightmare already."
This project comes as Gov. Jim Justice is pushing for major improvements to roads across West Virginia.
"Well, it is something that has to be done," Newcomer said. "Our roads need to be repaired, and we just have to put up with it. We don't want the potholes, we don't want the busted rims on our cars, so you've just got to live with it. it will be better when they are done."
ORIGINAL STORY 9/25/19
A major roadway project on an interstate bridge deck on I-64 is set to begin in the next week and a half, the West Virginia Department of Transportation says.
It will start just after midnight Saturday, Oct. 5 on the Danner Road overpass bridge, located between Oakwood Road (exit 58A) and Montrose Drive (exit 56).
Highway officials say drivers should expect delays during the project, which is expected to take 60 days. The contractor, Brayman Construction, will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction during the road work.
According to the DOT, the project will take place in two phases:
- Phase I, which begins Oct. 5, involves completely removing the bridge deck on the eastbound lanes of I-64, replacing it with new, steel-reinforced concrete that will make use of the bridge's existing beams. To complete this work, eastbound traffic will be shifted across the median to the westbound side.
- Phase II will mirror the exact same scope of work, replacing the bridge deck on the westbound lanes of I-64. This phase will require westbound traffic to be shifted across the median to the eastbound side.
DOT officials say in order to help maintain the continuous and safe flow of traffic, the Oakwood Road/I-64 WB entrance ramp will be closed for the duration of the project. Area traffic will be detoured to the Montrose Drive interchange via state Route 61 (MacCorkle Avenue).
The Virginia Street/I-64 WB entrance ramp will also be closed for the duration of the project. That traffic will be detoured to the Lee Street/I-64 WB entrance ramp via U.S. 119 (Pennsylvania Avenue and Washington Street).