Motorists in and around Wheeling will be dodging orange barrels and barricades this week as traffic is rerouted to accommodate various road projects.
The West Virginia Division of Highways will close the Market Street entrance to the Wheeling Tunnel from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day this week to perform bridge inspection work on the structure just east of the tunnel.
A DOH spokesman said alternate routes are U.S. 40 east to the next ramp or 16th Street to W.Va. 2 north to Interstate 70 east.
Another closure, beginning today, will be on slow lanes of W.Va. 2 north and south from the vicinity of the 18th Street entrance and exit to the 16th Street entrance and exit to allow for the positioning of painting and sand blasting equipment that will be used in the painting of the overpass substructure.
This closure will be in effect for 24 hours per day through the remainder of the summer painting season.
DOH also said eastbound and westbound Interstate 470 traffic will experience right lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday while workers install electrical conduit expansion joints on the bridge structure over the Ohio River, over W.Va. 2 and U.S. 250 and portions of 29th Street in Wheeling.
Westbound right lane traffic will be affected during the morning hours and work will shift to the eastbound lane later in the day. The closures will affect an area from the Ohio state line to 29th Street.
Today, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Exit 1A westbound ramp to Main Street will be closed for removing an old overhead exit sign assembly and installing new electrical conduit together with a portion of a new overhead Exit 1A sign at the same location.
On Wednesday and Thursday, between 8:30 p.m. and 3 a.m., westbound I-70 will be detoured to Main Street via Exit 1A for completion of electrical conduit work.
Exiting westbound traffic will turn south on Main Street, then left on Market Street to re-enter I-70 westbound.
The westbound tube will be reduced to one lane traffic during the ramp and lane closures.
Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change work schedules in the affected areas.