I-70 Traffic Pattern Changes Scheduled Between Wheeling Tunnel and Bridgeport
WHEELING — Beginning next week, motorists can expect more delays on Interstate 70 as Swank Construction begins to divert westbound traffic onto the eastbound side of the highway between the Wheeling Tunnel and the Marion Street exit in Bridgeport.
The work is part of the ongoing I-70 Bridges Project, according to West Virginia Division of Highways officials. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction on the eastbound side of I-70 in that area, beginning next Wednesday, according to the DOH. This traffic pattern is expected to remain in place throughout the first phase of the I-70 Bridges Contract, with an anticipated duration of about 18 months including the eastbound work.
Meanwhile, I-70 in both directions between the Marion Street exit and the Wheeling Tunnel will continue to be restricted to one lane as Swank Construction performs “crossover” construction and shoulder reconstruction over the next week in preparation for the anticipated traffic pattern change. Major bridge deck work is expected to begin on the westbound side of I-70 in this area once the crossover work is complete, according to Division of Highways District 6 Construction Engineer Joe Juszczak. He said inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances could change the project schedule.
“The crossover is going to be done within the next week,” Juszczak said.
Once the crossover is complete — with the exception of the Fort Henry Bridge deck, which is scheduled to undergo a “modified concrete overlay” of the deck during the westbound work — crews will be able to begin full rehabilitation on all the other bridge decks on the westbound side of the highway, according to Juszczak.
“Once the crossover is done then they will be going in there and start removing the deck on westbound (side),” he commented.
Beginning Feb. 1, through traffic traveling on I-70 west is scheduled to be diverted to I-470 west as the Fulton Bridge is scheduled for a full replacement. There is no crossover scheduled for that portion of the project.
Motorists are advised to be alert for changing traffic patterns and expect delays. Any questions or concerns regarding the I-70 Bridges Project can be directed to the DOH hotline at 304-810-3214.