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I-64 repaving from Milton to US 35 exit starts April 9

March 29, 2018

MILTON - Anyone who has driven to Charleston from Cabell County in the past year knows it’s a bumpy ride, but hopefully by the end of the year, that will be a different story.

Paving is set to begin Monday, April 9, on a 14-mile stretch of Interstate 64 East between Milton and the U.S. 35 interchange in Teays Valley. The West Virginia Department of Transportation will be in Milton on Thursday, March 29, to meet with residents about the project and the impact it will have on their commutes.

“We wanted an opportunity to meet with folks in the area,” said Randy Damron of the WVDOT. “It’s a regular work zone; however, it being the busiest strip of highway in the state, there’s apt to be slowdowns and backups. We are going to let them see what the project consists of.”

Starting at Milton going east, crews will remove the original concrete laid in the 1960s and lay a practically new road.

“It’s going to be a very smooth ride,” Damron said.

He said the DOT knows I-64 currently is a bumpy ride, especially at the joints, but the new road will have no joints.

Damron said construction will be continuous but travelers should expect contraflow lanes and lane shifts to occur as the project progresses through summer. The estimated completion date is mid-November.

The DOT had a public meeting in Hurricane on Monday. Damron said another reason for the meetings is to remind people to maintain posted speed limits in work zones as well as not to become stressed over the traffic. To help, they are giving out stress toys shaped like traffic cones.

“We are trying to do outreach with everyone we can that it’s a long work zone, and two, with a lot of traffic, there will be delays,” he said. “Plan on that and act accordingly.”

April will also kick off the DOT’s newest work-zone safety campaign aimed at keeping highway workers as safe as possible, something that will become increasingly important as the Roads to Prosperity projects begin in force across the state.

West Virginia voters approved the sale of $1.6 billion in bonds to fund major road projects across the state in October. One of the first major projects will be the widening of the West Virginia Turnpike at Beckley. Widening I-64 from Huntington to Charleston is also on the menu, along with a new St. Albans/Nitro bridge.

The Milton-Hurricane project is expected to cost $54 million.

The Milton meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Milton Middle School.

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Informational meeting set for Thursday

The Department of Transportation will have an informational public meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Milton Middle School to discuss the upcoming repaving of 14 miles of Interstate 64 East beginning at Milton to the U.S. 35 interchange in Putnam County. The project will begin at Milton on Monday, April 9.

Among the discussion points at the meeting will be project details, tentative dates, traffic control and transportation resources to get updates and monitor progress of the project.