More Crossovers Planned for I-70 in Ohio County
WHEELING — The impact of the I-70 Bridges Project is spreading to other parts of the interstate in Ohio County as crews are expected to implement a crossover near the Highlands this morning.
The crossover between the Triadelphia/Elm Grove and Cabela Drive exits on Interstate 70 will go into effect at 6:30 a.m. today, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced Wednesday.
Eastbound and westbound traffic will temporarily be reduced to one lane, slowed or stopped for crossovers to go into effect at the designated time.
Once fully in effect, there will be two lanes in use for westbound and eastbound traffic along that stretch of I-70. The left lane of I-70 west will be diverted onto a single lane of I-70 east in a “contraflow” traffic pattern between these two exits, while eastbound traffic will be maintained in two lanes, DOH officials said.
In addition, I-70 east will be reduced to one lane beginning at the Elm Grove exit through the intersection with Interstate 470 at Exit 5. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour in the work zone and motorists are asked to slow down for safety purposes in this area.
These traffic patterns are part of the ongoing construction of I-70 and will continue until Feb. 1.
This is the second crossover that has been implemented on I-70 in West Virginia this month.
Traffic was routed from the westbound onto eastbound between the Wheeling Tunnel and Bridgeport on Nov. 11 as the I-70 Bridges Project continues.
Demolition crews continued working on Wednesday to remove concrete decking from the westbound side of Wheeling Island as part of the project.
DOH officials said construction crews will eventually remove two inches of decking on the Fort Henry Bridge and apply a concrete modified latex overlay to the bridge surface. Swank Construction is the general contractor for the I-70 Bridges Project.