WHEELING - Police are urging motorists to be patient this weekend while inching along local roadways in traffic that has been drastically slowed by an ongoing construction project on Interstate 70.
Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball said with Oglebayfest slated for this weekend, drivers need to accept that delays are inevitable and exercise patience behind the wheel.
"You just have to be patient," Kimball advised. "You're going to come across the road rage driver; let him go. If somebody wants to get into a line of traffic, go ahead and let them in. You'll feel better for it."
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Motorists navigate orange traffic barrels on Interstate 70 in Wheeling. Police are asking people to be patient this weekend as roadwork continues.
He also encouraged drivers to get creative with their routes and take roads that are traveled infrequently. Those roads may become congested as well, he admitted, in which case drivers can only account for extra travel time and leave home earlier.
Those enjoying the concert at Oglebay tonight should linger following its conclusion about 11:30 p.m., Kimball also advised. Allow traffic congestion to alleviate before even getting into the car, he said.
Work on I-70 has scattered drivers throughout Wheeling looking for a route that will bring them to their destinations on time. A limited amount of alternate roadways, however, have cars lining up at traffic signals and stop signs. Vehicles trying to reach National Road were backed up to the top of Wheeling Hill around noon Friday.