WHEELING - A section of W.Va. 2 in Warwood is expected to be reduced to one lane with traffic being controlled via a temporary traffic signal starting Aug. 20.
The lane closure is expected to last until Oct. 31 as part of work under way on the McDonald Bridge, which spans a creek that runs beneath W.Va. 2 near North 23rd Street. According to the state Division of Highways, the open lane will be 15 feet wide. Motorists should prepare for possible delays and changing traffic patterns.
Gus Suwaid, West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 construction engineer, said the bridge has become deteriorated and needs renovated. The work is being conducted by Ohio-West Virginia Excavating of Powhatan at a cost of $939,125.
"We're basically replacing the deck. ... The deck has deteriorated over the years, and it was due for replacement," Suwaid said, and the bridge abutments are also being renovated.
Also being installed are new wing walls, which are structures used to retain fill behind a bridge. To do such work, the company also has to move existing water and gas lines.