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I-70 Delays Worry Highlands Businesses

WHEELING — Ohio County Commission President Tim McCormick reminded area residents they still can travel to The Highlands despite construction happening along Interstate 70.

During Tuesday’s commission meeting, McCormick said he already has heard from businesses at The Highlands their business is slacking due to cars stacking up along I-70.

“People have a misunderstanding that you can’t get to The Highlands,” he said. “You can get there. You won’t have to sit in traffic for five hours. You might have to sit for five minutes because of pre-construction construction.”

He acknowledges traffic is “a little tighter” on the westbound side as work continues near the Wheeling Tunnel. There was a tie-up there Tuesday following a wreck in the tunnel that caused additional congestion.

“That happened there because people aren’t driving like they were taught to drive,” McCormick said. “The westbound lane is still two lanes …. What people are doing are stopping in the right hand lane and blocking up the entire interstate because they can’t get in the left lane.

“If people would drive with just a little courtesy and common sense. … The traffic isn’t always the best thing, but it isn’t the worst thing either. It’s a little inconvenient, but you can survive it.”

Work on the bridges along I-70 in Ohio County is expected to take place over the next three years.

Meanwhile, the commissioners and the Ohio County Development Authority are hosting the first-ever “Halloween at The Highlands” event on Oct. 26. The event will feature a parade, a scavenger hunt, inflatables, a pumpkin carving contest and a spooky hayride.

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