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Nighttime Closures Scheduled for Section of I-470 East through Next Week

Photo by Scott McCloskey – Kokosing Construction crews are scheduled to complete drainage work on the Spruce Street Bridge in Bethlehem over the next week or two as they close the section of Interstate 470 east between Bethlehem and I-70 in Elm Grove during nighttime hours to complete the work.

WHEELING – West Virginia Division of Highways officials are planning nighttime and early morning closures of Interstate 470 east between Bethlehem and Elm Grove through Friday and possibly into next week.

The closures are necessary to allow crews to conclude renovations on two bridges spanning I-470 in Bethlehem.

I-470 east from exit 2 in Bethlehem to Interstate 70 in Elm Grove will be completely closed nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday and could continue next week. Kokosing Construction will complete renovation work on both the Spruce Street and Chapel Road Bridges, according to West Virginia Division of Highways Area Engineer Mike Witherow. He said construction crews will be completing some drainage work on the Spruce Street Bridge while installing safety fencing across the Chapel Road Bridge.

“They’re still working on the drainage for the (Spruce Street) Bridge. … They are working on finishing up the downspouts and just cleaning up around the piers and the (bridge) access and so forth,” Witherow said.

He said both bridge projects are expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

“They’re in the final stages,” he added.

Both bridge projects are part of a $6.1 million plan to re-deck the structures. The Chapel Road Bridge decking was completed last year.

In addition, the DOH said there will also be some lane closures on I-470 west during this time period from milepost 3 near Elm Grove up to exit 2. At least one lane will be kept open on the westbound side of the highway, according to Witherow. The westbound off-ramp and eastbound on-ramp at exit 2 will also be closed intermittently. Detours will be posted using I-70, W.Va. 88, and U.S. 250 as alternate routes.

Motorists should be alert for changing traffic patterns and expect delays. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule.

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