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I-70 Work To Begin On Monday

September 15, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Traffic on Interstate 70 will be restricted to one lane in both directions from milepost 0.77 to milepost 1.7 in Wheeling starting Monday.

The West Virginia Division of Highways said the restrictions will be in effect until at least late November.

Work will consist of removing the existing asphalt pavement surface; performing concrete joint repair in the underlying concrete surface; placing a new asphalt surface; as well as drainage work and the installation of new guard rail and pavement markings.

Work will be performed around the clock until the anticipated completion date of Nov. 30.

Lanes will be restricted to 12 feet wide throughout the project. The eastbound and westbound exit ramps to Washington Avenue will remain open to traffic. The eastbound Market Street entrance ramp to the Wheeling Tunnel, however, will be closed for the entire project duration. Detour signs will be in place.

Alternate routes are Interstate 470, National Road and W.Va. 88.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes or other known alternates to avoid delays, allow extra time for alternate routes or delays and be aware of changing traffic patterns.

Officials with the Division of Highways could not be reached Friday for comment regarding why the work is needed or if it is related to a previous tunnel rehabilitation project in the same area that cost $14.4 million and took more than two and a half years to complete.

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