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June 5, 2014 - Heather Ziegler
I was sitting on the interstate ramp near Perkins as I was headed home the other afternoon. There were several cars in front of me so my vehicle was > under the Interstate 70 eastbound lanes. I could not help but notice the underside of the interstate and the pillars. (see photos) I realize there is natural wear and tear on our interstate highways, but to sit and look at the crumbling concrete that makes up the highway piers made me nervous. I believe highway crews have been working on some of those bridge areas and I'm not sure if the crumbling portions are part of that work. However, it just seems, after driving past there every day, there is more debris each day.
There is some sort of wooden brace that had been placed under one section of the overpass for whatever reason. It's been about 18 months since the state Division of Highways announced that the interstate bridge in front of the Wheeling Tunnels and the piers
holding it up need replaced -- not repaired -- replaced! The work was originally expected to start this spring, but that has not happened. The project was
estimated to cost $80 million. Two plans were in placed: one to shut down the interstate completely in the work area for eight years or only do a portion at
a time in less time with traffic allowed on one side of the interstate during the work. I'm not sure where the plan stands today (we will check on that) but judging from what I can see, something needs to happen and soon.
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