Water Line Project To Impact Downtown Wheeling Traffic

WHEELING — Beginning Monday, motorists are advised to use caution and be aware of daily lane closures and changes in downtown Wheeling near 16th and Main streets as the city’s nearly year-long waterline replacement project is expected to begin.

Pro Contracting Incorporated will begin the waterline replacement project in the downtown Wheeling area for the City of Wheeling Water Department beginning Monday, according to both West Virginia Division of Highways and city officials. The work will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with Friday being used as an inclement weather day, through January 31, 2022.

Public Works Director Russell “Rusty” Jebbia said the waterline replacement is scheduled to begin on 16th and and continue up the street before turning up Market Street in the coming months. The work will then continue along Market Street up to 10th Street, cross 10th Street to Main Street , before eventually moving down Main Street near the Fort Henry Bridge back to 16th Street. He said it will be months before the project reaches the 10th Street area.

Jebbia said while there will be some lane closures and lane changes as the project proceeds, motorists will still be able to travel along the designated streets throughout the project. Jebbia said Pro Contracting will replace the old 1880’s 20-inch and 16-inch water main lines in the downtown area.

Motorists are advised to slow down, follow the posted detours, and be aware of changing traffic patterns. Inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project timeline.


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