Summer Traffic Will Be Restricted

Motorists in the Wheeling area will be dodging orange barrels for the rest of the summer.

This week, West Virginia Division of Highways crews will restrict traffic in the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 between the Washington Avenue exit and the bottom of Two Mile Hill in Elm Grove for a road resurfacing project.

According to DOH officials, the resurfacing project has an expected completion date of Oct. 17.

The first phase of the project will occur for 24 hours a day this week until it is completed.

That phase involves base repairs on the westbound lanes near Washington Avenue and the eastbound lanes near Exit 5.

The second phase of the project will occur at night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., with all lanes open during daylight hours. Work will begin at Washington Avenue and continue eastward, then switch over to the westbound side and continue back westward to the Mount DeChantal exit.

Officials said the third phase of the project will involve placement of new asphalt and striping and will follow the same sequence as the second phase.

The final phase involves placement of raised pavement reflectors and edge rumble strips.

During the various phases, one lane will be maintained at all times, with lane width restrictions of 10 feet during working hours.

The night work phases of the project are scheduled to be performed between Sunday evening and Friday morning each week, weather permitting.

In addition to that project, the DOH will impose a height restriction from of 14 feet of vertical clearance under the overpass bridge at the 18th Street exit ramp under W.Va. 2.

The restriction is in place to account for a containment system beneath the 18th Street ramp.

The containment system catches sand, grit, paint chips and overspray as crews paint and work underneath the bridge.

Since the exit ramp is two lanes wide, there will also be ramp lane closures occurring for worker safety as paint crews work directly above the respective lanes.

The project does not have an official completion date.